Talks begin over Sergi Roberto


Bayern Munich are looking to secure the loan signing of Barcelona right-back Sergi Roberto.

Die Roten are keen to strengthen their options at full-back this summer and after welcoming left-sided defender Omar Richards to the club, they’re now looking to bring in a new right-back.

Sergi Roberto may have played his final game for Barcelona / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Bayern have drawn up a shortlist including Sergino Dest and Chelsea’s Emerson, though Goal report that Roberto has emerged as their main target after the club contacted Barça with a view to a season-long loan move.

Roberto was understood to be on the verge of penning a new deal at Barcelona earlier this year, yet an agreement couldn’t be reached and as such the Spaniard is out of contract next summer.

While a loan move for a player whose contract expires next summer may seem like silly business from Barcelona – and let’s be honest, they’re no strangers to it – it’s hoped that the positive relationship between the clubs following the loan move of Philippe Coutinho

to Bayern could see an agreement reached over a fee.

Sergi Roberto’s career in Barcelona looks to be coming to an end / Eric Alonso/Getty Images

The Blaugrana are desperately trying to offload players in a bid to ease their ongoing financial woes and, while a temporary move away for Roberto wouldn’t bring a transfer fee in for now, it would at least alleviate some of the pressure on their eye-watering wage bill.

With the aforementioned Dest having had a year to acclimatise to life in Spain, Roberto may well be deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou and a move to the Allianz Arena could be on the horizon.

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