Sergi Roberto could be a smart stopgap
Bayern Munich have been linked with several right-backs in recent days. The German champions looked at all three FC Barcelona right-backs – Sergino Dest, Sergi Roberto and Emerson Royal. The final murmurs suggest that Die Roten is working on the deal for Roberto.
According to Spox, Die Roten made contact through intermediaries to explore the signing of Roberto from Barcelona on a loan deal. The German club retain an interest in Dest and Emerson, but they have made more efforts to explore a deal for Roberto.
The Spanish club are struggling to cut payrolls this summer, so Roberto could be allowed to go on loan as long as his salary is fully recovered. Bayern Munich have already made dry loans to fill key positions with Juventus’ Douglas Costa. It was the last deal the club struck last summer.
Roberto will offer flexibility in the team
Roberto has played a regular right-back over the years, but he’s been successful as an academy midfielder. The Spaniard can even get into central midfield, giving Die Roten the much-needed flexibility with different systems.
The German champions have been linked with a midfielder this summer following the departure of Javi Martinez. In addition, Corentin Tolisso is also one of five players Rekordmeister wants to cash this summer. The German club still have good options in the midfield to turn, but Roberto will give them more depth and experience in this position.
Moving for Roberto will not damage the transfer budget
As long as it is a loan for Roberto, the overall transfer makes a lot of sense for Rekordmeister from a financial point of view. The Spanish midfielder will be paid a living wage, but Die Roten can use Barcelona’s desperation to downsize the squad in order to get Roberto with minimal loan fees.
Bayern had managed to negotiate a good deal with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho two years ago. Die Roten can take advantage of this good relationship to get Roberto for a decent price. The German champions are not going to spend much this summer after suffering losses worth € 150million in the past 18 months.
Roberto’s form has waned in recent seasons. However, he is a smart player who can play in any position for the team. A change of scenery could be ideal for him to return to his best. Coutinho had a very good year at Barcelona in 2019/20, so there are more pros and cons to making a similar deal for Roberto.
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After the campaign ends, Die Roten can assess options for the right-back and midfielder. Roberto may be the interim solution for next season. Julian Nagelsmann had recently admitted that he likes multidimensional players on the squad, then he would certainly welcome this signing in the short term.