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31-year-old Barcelona defender on the radar of Juventus, Inter; prefers MLS move – report



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Following the retirement of Gerard Pique midway through last season, followed by the departures of Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, Barcelona had to vote in three new captains at the start of the 2023/24 season.

Sergi Roberto was promoted from fourth captain to third captain when Lionel Messi left the club.

The Spaniard held that role for two seasons behind Busquets and Pique, but was ultimately voted as the first-choice captain of the team since he is the longest-serving player in the squad, having made his debut in 2010.

Despite holding the captain’s armband this season, Roberto is far from the first-choice in any position for Xavi. He has played just four games in the league this season, starting two. During that time, he has scored one goal, but created no chances.

With his contract expiring in the summer of 2024, it seems far-fetched that Roberto will be at the club beyond this season. His extension is ruled out from both ends.

Inter Milan, Juventus interested

A report relayed by Tutto Mercato says that Inter Milan and Juventus are keeping tabs on his situation, and are interested in signing him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

While now a right-back, Roberto will likely be deployed in midfield by Simeone Inzaghi, who uses a 3-5-2, and therefore, prefers faster players on the wing.

Juventus, too, have been using a 3-5-2 of late, and could do with Roberto’s services given the lack of fullbacks in the squad.

That said, Roberto is leaning towards a move to the MLS, a less stressful league, where he can play out the final years of his football career before retiring.

Not to forget, it will give him the chance to reunite with former friends in Messi, Busquets, and Alba, all of whom have deployed their trade at Inter Miami. Luis Suarez is also expected to join them soon.

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