Chelsea and Manchester United have been dealt a blow with the news that Sergi Roberto has signed a new contract at Barcelona.
Both Premier League giants have been linked with making a move for the versatile defender in recent months, but he has now ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a new four-and-a-half year deal at the Nou Camp.
He initially started his career as a defensive midfielder but has excellently been converted into a right back following the departure of Dani Alves to Juventus 18 months ago, keeping the likes of Nelson Semedo out of the squad.
Before his renewal, Roberto was available for a relatively modest €40m, thanks to the release clause in his contract, something all footballers in Spain must have. However, that clause has now increased to €500m, an increase of 1,150%!
A statement on the Barcelona website reads:
“FC Barcelona and Sergi Roberto have reached an agreement on a contract renewal, which will keep the player at the Camp Nou through to 30 June 2022.
“His buyout clause has been set at €500m.”