Reports are flying out from Spain that Sergi Roberto is looking for a move away from the Spanish giants F.C. Barcelona. And the likely destination at this point seems to be one of their rivals and another Spanish giant in Atletico de Madrid. Reports claim that Sergi Roberto has an offer from Atletico de Madrid. The contract talks seem to have come to a halt at Barcelona and it is looking more likelier by each passing day that the once reputed defender will leave as a free transfer at the end of this season. His contract is set to expire by June, 2022. Then he will be free to negotiate a transfer with anyone with no association to Barcelona whatsoever. The 30 year old defender is currently recovering from an injury he suffered to his rectus femoris muscle in his right thigh. He is set to undergo a surgery in the coming days. If the terms of the offer from Atletico are acceptable to Sergi then it will be a good move for him as he’ll be moving to another title challenging squad.
A chance to revive his career
A move away from Barcelona might just be the kickstart he needs to get his career back on track. A move to Atletico might just be the best option for the defender. At the Wanda he is one of the targets on the list. Ans, it wouldn’t be difficult for them to get him since he will be on a free and Atletico have the resources to easily match the salary he is currently earning at Barcelona. In the Atleti camp they see him as a great recruitment due to his experience and versatility. He can play almost all of the positions on a football field, which makes him the perfect Simeone player out there. His career has gone through a bit of a downward trajectory in the past few years. Precisely after ‘that’ 90+6 winner against Paris Saint German to cap off one of the greatest comebacks and games in Champions League history. The 6-1 score line is astonishing enough as it is nevermind the fact that it cancelled out a 4-0 deficit. Playing under Diego Simeone might just revive his career and make him reach the heights that his potential warranted. If this deal happens it won’t be the first time a club legend from Barcelona has moved to Atletico on a free and found success there, case in point: Luis Suarez. Sergi Roberto has gone from starting in one of the greatest Barcelona teams ever to being a bench warmer at one of the worst Barcelona teams in the 21st century in the 2020-21 season.
He was asked to take a pay cut by the club last se
ason, to which he refused. He is currently earning a reported 224,000 dollars per week. Which shouldn’t be a problem for a club of Atletico Madrid’s stature and financial stability. Barcelona are in a financial turmoil due to the dealings of their previous president and have been offloading players and are looking to further offload players to shorten their wage bill. Because if they don’t they will be unable to register any future signings they will make or they want to make due to the regulations set by La Liga and it’s president Javier Tebas. The inability to register players is the reason they had to let the great Lionel Messi go on a free to Paris Saint Germain F.C.
He is a product of Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy and has made 316 appearances for the senior team according to the official Barcelona website. Just to provide an example of his versatility, the Spanish international has made appearances for the club at seven different positions. Luis Enrique once praised him saying “In a team like ours, except in goal, he could play in any position, it’s no surprise. The most difficult thing is doing it well all over the field and Sergi Roberto does that.”
The 30 year old feels that he isn’t valued at the club anymore as Barca are building a team for the future with a young core. If the rumours are true then it will be a great move for all the parties involved as Sergi will get another chance at his career and Atleti will get an experienced presence in the dressing room. And, who knows this might be the opportunity he needs to break into Spain’s national side again.