Date: 26th July 2017 at 5:00pm
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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has told the Catalan side’s hierarchy to do whatever it takes to keep midfielder Sergi Roberto at the club, according to Don Balon.

Spanish media reports suggested that the 25 year old has a €40million buyout clause in his contract and that Chelsea were willing to trigger it in order to bring the Spanish international to Stamford Bridge.

Last summer, the Blues enquired about Roberto’s situation but were promptly told by Barca that the player was not for sale. However, the emergence of a release clause could change things.

Don Balon report that Valverde sees Roberto as an integral part of the first team squad as he can play in a number of positions. With the manager apparently seeing the midfielder as indispensable, the Catalan club could offer the player a new deal to raise the buyout price.

Roberto’s current contract at the Camp Nou runs until 2019, and with the utility man heading into the last two years of his agreement, a new proposal will likely be on the horizon anyway.