Barcelona are reportedly keen to fend off potential suitors for Sergi Roberto, including Manchester City, by rewarding him with a new contract.

It’s claimed by Mundo Deportivo out in Spain, as covered by talkSPORT, that the La Liga leaders are desperate to keep hold of Roberto, and plan to insert a colossal £350 million release clause in his proposed new deal.

City were heavily linked with a move for Roberto in the summer, with the versatile Spaniard having enjoyed a good season at the Nou Camp.

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Roberto is a central midfielder by trade, but in Aleix Vidal’s absence last season, the 25-year-old was deployed as a right-back and performed well.

At this moment in time, Roberto is rumoured to have a release clause worth just £35 million in his deal – a fee affordable for the large majority of top, European clubs.

However, with Juventus also rumoured to be keen on Roberto, Barca want to tie their academy graduate down to a new and improved long-term deal.

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