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Papers: Manchester City want to sign Sergi Roberto

Pep Guardiola has set his gaze on Barcelona’s right-back-cum-midfielder.

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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On today’s newspaper covers, there’s a special report on Barcelona’s new and exciting signing, Francisco Trincão, but also a story stating Manchester City want to sign Sergi Roberto and are presumably pushing for the transfer.

Still, the arrival of the young Portuguese forward is one of the most exciting news at the club in recent times and Mundo Deportivo have prepared a report of some sort to inform the readers and the fans of the 20-year-old’s profile.

They say that he has only grown ever since the deal with Barça was reached back in January. Now, he has successfully doubled his goal and assist tally to nine and 13 respectively and is largely viewed as one of the best U21 wingers in Europe.

In terms of his player profile, he is a versatile left-footed forward who can slot on both wings, scores a lot and is incredibly quick, something they will value highly at the club.

Sport, on the other hand, say that Manchester City want to sign Sergi Roberto because they prioritise the arrival of a full-back. Of course, Barcelona’s right-back is more of a Swiss knife and can slot in various positions around the pitch.

Still, Roberto himself is happy at the Camp Nou and it’s unlikely the Catalans decide to sell him, especially since Nélson Semedo is the one reportedly on the market anyway.

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Koeman only has two options for the centre-back position against Juventus

Alexandre Patanian

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After losing against Real Madrid, Ronald Koeman has yet another tough fixture to his rough start in Catalunya. In the second Champions League game of his tenure, Koeman faces Juventus in what seems like a battle of two struggling coaches. On the one hand, Andrea Pirlo is winless in his last three league games as Koeman is.

Moreover, Pirlo is missing three centre-backs, with Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt out for the Wednesday clash. Still, Koeman isn’t any luckier since Gerard Piqué is out because of the red card he got against Ferencvaros. Without the “President” in defence, the Dutchman will have to compose with Ronald Araujo and Clément Lenglet. The pair are two brilliant centre-backs who haven’t played alongside each other much, however.

This fixture is the hardest in the group for the Catalans as they face the toughest opponent away from home, a recurrent problem for the Culés in European competitions. Also, if something happens to Araujo or Lenglet, the backup defender is Oscar Mingueza. The youngster was included along with four other Barça B players in the UCL squad. This test will be interesting to see, and Koeman has to win his first big game with Barcelona.

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