It seems Sergi Roberto should be available on the cheap this summer and we think Liverpool should get involved. The 29-year-old could be two players in one.
Sergi Roberto could be what Liverpool are looking for this summer. The Spaniard only has one year left on his deal and it appears Barcelona aren’t sure what to do with him.
Marca claims they’ll offer him a two-year contract. At the same time, they’re putting him up for sale.
It’s essentially a one-year extension simply to keep his price semi-reasonable. That way they can sell him for as much as £20m in order to fund other deals.
Well, we think that’s a situation Liverpool can use.
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Sergi Roberto for Liverpool?
We don’t think Roberto signs that contract if there’s decent interest in him. It’s just not a very good offer. They’re telling him that they’ll give him an extra year but still move him on.
That’s effectively just giving him a slightly worse situation – one where he still leaves, only with fewer options than if he were out of contract.
Liverpool should make it known that they’re interested, then. A cheap move for Roberto could be exactly what they’re looking for, given recent events.
For one, it seems Neco Williams could leave the club. The Athletic reports as much but it also says they won’t sign a replacement.
Liverpool feel Joe Gomez can cover, while they don’t want to block Conor Bradley coming through the ranks. Roberto could be a nice little compromise.
He’s a decent right-back and at 29, there’s still plenty of room for Bradley to grow. It would also bring in a player and help to avoid a worst-case injury crisis. Those can happen, you know.
But Roberto would also help cover the loss of Gini Wijnaldum in midfield. He brings experience – something lost with Wijnaldum – while his utility-man style lends itself nicely to Liverpool’s midfield.
Jurgen Klopp likes having players who can offer a bit of everything and Roberto fits that bill. Is he going to win you many games on his own? No. But he’ll play the part you need him to.
Liverpool could benefit from having another experienced utility player around. Sign him on the cheap on a three or four-year contract and it’s hard to see how things go wrong.
He’d fill two holes in the squad and add experience. Liverpool should ask Barcelona what it would take.