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Juventus set to meet £36m release clause for Barcelona star

Barcelona midfielder is set for showdown talks with Camp Nou chiefs over his role as fight for his signature hots up

JUVENTUS are prepared to fight Chelsea and Manchester United over Sergi Roberto, according to reports.

The Premier League duo are both ready to trigger the midfielder’s £36m release clause as they eye reinforcements.

Sergi Roberto is desperate to be used as a midfielder

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Sergi Roberto is desperate to be used as a midfielder

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And Sport insist Juve will also be prepared to match the fee if the player is open to a move.


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Roberto, 25, is set for showdown talks with Barcelona over his role for next season.

He wants to stay at the Nou Camp but is seeking reassurances about playing in his preferred position after being used as a makeshift right-back.

Barca landed Portugal star Nelson Semedo over the summer to reinforce the position and will hope the former Benfica star can hold down the spot.

That would allow Roberto to be used in the middle – if he can earn a first-team spot in a crowded engine room.

But if Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho completes a move from Liverpool, Roberto may be told he can leave.

Barcelona star Sergi Roberto is available for £36million

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Barcelona star Sergi Roberto is available for £36million

Playmaker Roberto featured against united in pre-season

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Playmaker Roberto has seen plenty of action in pre-season

Both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte are desperate to sign midfield reinforcements.

The Blues chief is particularly concerned he is light in the area after Nemanja Matic moved to Old Trafford, with replacement Tiemoue Bakayoko injured.

Roberto was played out of position at right-back last season

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Roberto was played out of position at right-back last season

Squad players Nathaniel Chalobah and Nathan Ake have also left the club and Conte is considering moves for Danny Drinkwater and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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