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Manchester City reignite interest in Sergi Roberto

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Manchester City have rekindled their interest in the versatile Barcelona right-back Sergi Roberto, but they could end up losing Eric Garcia as part of the deal.

Manchester City are long-term admirers of Sergi Roberto, with Pep Guardiola keen on reuniting with his former Barca protégé.

The Spanish manager was the one to introduce the utility man into the Catalan’s senior squad.

After coming through the ranks at the Camp Nou as a midfielder, Roberto has shifted to a right-back position.

Over the course of his ten-year life at Barcelona, the 28-year-old has been covering multiple positions, including a right-winger and a defensive midfielder.

Now, Roberto could find himself on his way out of his boyhood club, with Manchester City looking to intensify their interest in the Spain international, per Diario Sport.

Guardiola is lining up a move for his former pupil and could sacrifice the young centre-back, Eric Garcia, to force Barcelona to soften their stance on Roberto.

Garcia learned his trade at Barca before making a switch to the Etihad in 2018, but he remains keen on returning to Catalonia.

After making sporadic appearances throughout the 2019/20 season, the 19-year-old has been entrusted with a prominent role down the final stretch.

Indeed, the Spanish defender has registered eight of his 19 appearances for City this campaign following the resumption of football in June.