Bayern Munich “in talks to sign Barcelona-loan Sergi Roberto” with cash-strapped Catalan giants “who want to include a buy-out clause” as defender enters final year of deal
- Bayern Munich reportedly interested in loaning Sergi Roberto
- Barcelona right-back is in the final year of his Camp Nou contract
- Reports suggest Barca would like to include a purchase option clause in any deal
- Cash-strapped Catalan club desperate to erase salaries from their books
Bayern Munich are said to be interested in signing Sergi Roberto from Barcelona on loan this summer.
The German champions are looking to strengthen their bottom line and new boss Julian Nagelsmann has reportedly identified the Spaniard as a potential option for the right side of the defense.
According to the objective, the Catalan giants are said to be willing to sanction a move if the deal included an option to buy the player at the end of the loan.
Bayern Munich reportedly interested in loaning Barcelona right-back Sergi Roberto on loan
Roberto’s current Camp Nou deal expires next summer and cash-strapped Barca are unlikely to allow their academy graduates to leave for free.
However, Barcelona are desperate to cut their payrolls in order to sign Lionel Messi on a new deal, so the chance to wipe the 29-year-old’s salary off their books seems to be on the cards.
Barca are in desperate need of improving their financial situation after accumulating more than £ 1billion in debt amid the Covid pandemic. As it stands, Barcelona need to wipe £ 156million from their existing payroll. Their salary cap was £ 296million last year and it has now fallen to £ 136million.
Barca would like to include a call option for Roberto, who is in the final year of his contract
The Catalans reported £ 1 billion in debt in February, leaving their financial situation in shambles
They cannot register any of their new signings, including Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia, as they are 40% above the strict La Liga salary limit.
Reports earlier this week suggested the club may also be willing to allow Clement Lenglet, Sergino Dest and Samuel Umtiti to leave the club in the coming days if the right fees kick in.
The financial situation has also seen the club asking players, including Roberto, to cut their salaries in order to help the club survive.
However, with Bayern now interested in removing Roberto from their hands, Barca could be ready to give the deal the green light.
The two clubs still maintain good relations after the successful loan of Philippe Coutinho during the 2019-2020 campaign.
New Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann looks to beef up his defense ahead of new season
Bayern are looking to strengthen their options at the back after disappointing seasons for Benjamin Pavard and Bouna Sarr, while the German champions are also working on a tight budget that has also been financially hampered by the pandemic.
This means Bayern will likely only make loans to bring in players this summer.
Roberto only made 15 La Liga appearances last season, scoring once and allowing his teammates to score twice, but has always been a reliable option since joining the senior squad in 2013.
He has made over 300 appearances for his childhood club since then.