Chelsea want Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto

 Chelsea are interested in making a summer move for Barcelona utility player Sergi Roberto, according to reports.

Whilst Roberto’s place in Barca’s side has been confirmed by new boss Ernesto Valverde – it is not understood whether he will be as regular a starter as he was last season with the club bringing in Nelson Semedo from Benfica.

Roberto largely played as a right-back last season as the Catalan club failed to replace Dani Alves, who departed for Juventus a summer back.

And, whilst the young Spaniard impressed, Semedo’s arrival is likely to see him revert back to midfield, where he will contend with Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Andre Gomes, Rafinha, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Samper and Carlos Alena for a starting place.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is now showing interest with ESPN claiming that the 25-year-old could be tempted by the English side’s interest, who already boast a number of Spanish players, including former Barca duo Pedro Rodriguez and Cesc Fabregas.

The Spanish international, who made 40 appearances for Barca last season has a minimum release clause of €40m installed in his contract.

Having begun his career with Barca, Roberto played his way through the various youth ranks at the club, before making his senior debut in 2010 against Ceuta in the Copa del Rey.

Source: La Liga News