Juventus eyeing Sergi Roberto deal

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Barcelona and Spain right back Sergi Roberto is reportedly a player of interest for Italian giants Juventus, who will look to capitalise on stalling contract negotiations between the player and his current club, according to Spanish publication Marca.

Roberto’s current deal ties him to the Catalan super club until June of 2019, but reports from Spain suggest that the talented 25-year old has rejected Barcelona’s latest contract offer.

The Spain international graduated from Barcelona’s legendary academy and made the step up to their senior team back in 2010. Since then the fullback has made 169 appearances, winning four La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues in a highly successful spell at the club.

However the versatile Spaniard now appears to be looking for a new challenge, and Juventus have emerged as the front runners in the race to acquire Roberto’s signature. The Italian giants currently sit second in the Serie A table, one point behind rivals Napoli.

According to Marca, Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri sees Roberto as a player to build a team around in a similar mould to Sergio Busquets. Interestingly Chelsea were also reported to have been interested in the Spaniard, though they instead opted for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.