Spanish journalist Jose Luis Carazo has claimed that Chelsea are willing to pay the €40m release clause of Barcelona midfielder Sergio Roberto.
The player's agent,
El Chelsea está dispuesto a fichar a Sergi Roberto e incluso a pagar su cláusula de rescisión que asciende a 40 millones.— José Luis Carazo (@joseluiscarazo) July 24, 2017
"I would really like to play in midfield, it's where I feel most comfortable, but I want to continue having the most opportunities to play," he told Marca.
"When we start pre-season we will talk and [Valverde] will tell me what he intends to do with me, if I will continue as a full-back or in a position in the middle of the field."
There have been no previous suggestions that Roberto is considering leaving Barcelona. Turning his attention to next season, he has expressed his optimism about the Blaugrana's prospects of success.
"With the players we have, we can do very good things," he added. "Barcelona wants to have the best players so this season I'm sure we will have a great time. I'm really looking forward to it."