The 25-year-old was expected to return to his favored role in the middle of the park in the new season after Barcelona signed a right-back specialist in the form of Nelson Semedo from Benfica. The Serie A champions have been impressed by scouting reports and see Roberto as a useful option to cover several squad positions, given that he can play in midfield, out wide or at full back.
Catalan football giants FC Barcelona on Monday announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Paulinho on a four-year contract from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.
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"I absolutely count on Sergi Roberto".
"[Paulinho] is an important player in Brazil - a strong player who can help us from another perspective", he added. "There's no doubt about that", Valverde said in the press conference ahead of the Barcelona trip to Real Madrid on Wednesday night. I spoke about the idea of him progressing to be a major player in the future.
However, according to Sport, Roberto is now considered to be available for transfer, and the player himself feels that the club no longer have trust in his ability. He was important last season and he's important for me as well.
Barcelona fans are clearly not over the world record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain yet, as has been highlighted by their anger over his welcome message to new signing Paulinho.