Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto is among the many players being tipped for a possible transfer in the summer window.
Here's a breakdown of his numbers and a brief scouting guide to the Catalan midfielder, along with a few hints as to where he might be playing next summer.
Contract Situation: Roberto’s current deal will keep him at the Nou Camp until June 2015.
Career Stops: Barcelona (2009-current)
Current Campaign Stats:
La Liga—1 game
Barcelona B—18 games, 1 goal
Champions League—1 game
Copa del Rey—3 games, 1 assist
Scouting Guide: Sergi Roberto is a bright prospect for the future. He has good movement, is strong on the ball and his vision, dribbling and passing have drawn comparisons with fellow La Masia products Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, who he may eventually replace in Barca’s midfield. Current manager Tito Vilanova has praised the 21-year-old, calling him "A player for the long term."
Where Next? Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has been a longtime admirer of Roberto.
Now that Villas-Boas is manager at White Hart Lane, the Express has suggested that Spurs are taking an interest in securing Roberto’s services.
Meanwhile, Metro claims that Spurs are already holding talks with Barcelona.
With Barcelona’s midfield notoriously hard to break into ahead of the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Sergio Busquets, to name a few, Roberto could leave this summer.
It’s unlikely that Barcelona will want to let their highly rated 21-year-old go and would probably insert a buy-back clause into his contract, should he exit the Nou Camp.
Perhaps a loan move is more likely, but with the attraction of finding first-team football elsewhere, a permanent transfer may beckon.