Arsenal are reportedly interested in Sergi Roberto, who is set to leave Barcelona on a free transfer this summer.
Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) report that barring any radical changes, Sergi Roberto is set to leave Barcelona at the end of his contract with the club this summer.
That news may be of interest to Arsenal, with reports around the January transfer window suggesting that the Gunners had added the midfielder to their 2022 shopping list.
As Roberto will be a free agent in a few months, he’s already free to talk to Arsenal over a pre-contract agreement, should he wish to do so.
On the one hand, Roberto is now 30 years old, which would seemingly make him a bad fit for the current Arsenal project.
But perhaps one or two older signings could help to provide some balance, particularly if they’re available for free.
The bigger problem at the moment is the midfielder’s fitness record. Roberto hasn’t played a game since October due to a couple of injury setbacks.
Last season, Transfermarkt suggest Roberto missed 37 games through injury. The season before, he missed another 10.
If Roberto doesn’t get fit soon and stay fit until the end of the season, he may just be too much of a risk – even on a free transfer.
Arsenal have done so much work to get rid of players picking up wages but not playing matches. They won’t want to go back to adding to the list again.