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Barcelona ‘informally’ offer a two-year contract extension to utility man – report

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As reported by Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have offered versatile midfielder Sergi Roberto a two-year contract extension in order to protect his transfer value.

Roberto, a product of La Masia, has been with the first team for over a decade now, having made his debut under Pep Guardiola way back in 2010. The 29-year-old has racked up over 304 appearances, even though he has never quite been able to establish himself as a regular starter under of the managers.

Having started out as a central midfielder, Roberto, in the past few seasons, has been morphed into a right-back, where he has had varying degrees of success. Following the arrival of Sergino Dest last summer, the Spanish international’s game-time took quite a hit, while he also struggled with injuries, which limited him to just 20 appearances in 2020/21.

Roberto is now entering the final year of his contract with Barcelona. Indeed, the 29-year-old’s current deal, which he signed in 2018, runs out in the summer of 2022, putting the Catalans in a precarious position wherein they need to cash in on him now or risk losing him for nothing twelve months later.

Barcelona director Mateu Alemany had offered Roberto a one-year extension as soon as he took over the helm of affairs back in March. But the deal was taken off the table, with the club deciding to put him on the market for €20 million or use him as a makeweight in deals for their transfer targets.

However, with little progress having been made in their efforts to offload Roberto, Barcelona are now offering him an extension in order to his protect his transfer value. The report states that an informal offer of a two-year extension has been made, albeit with reduced wages, so as to avoid losing him on a free transfer next year.

Roberto is evaluating the proposal, but is yet to make a decision. The 29-year-old is unlikely to play a major role for Barcelona, with Emerson Royal arriving at right-back, while the club are looking for a new central midfielder as well. But the contract extension, should the Spaniard sign, does safeguard the Catalans against the possibility of him leaving for nothing next summer.