Chelsea to trigger Barcelona star's release clause as Premier League giants plot shock Nou Camp raid

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Chelsea have another Spaniard in mind as they prepare to defend the Premier League title. Just days after signing Real Madrid’s Álvaro Morata for £70m, the club are reported to be keen to sign Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto.

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The Blues are said to be willing to meet Barca’s release clause and pay £37.5m to get the deal done, according to Sport.

The 25-year-old started his career as a central midfielder but Barcelona opted to play him at right-back last season. Antonio Conte is looking for a versatile player, and someone who will provide competition at the back.

The Spaniard went through the Barcelona youth academy and established himself as a key player for the first team squad over the past few years.

Chelsea were keen to sign Real Madrid’s Danilo, however, the Brazilian defender signed a £26.5m deal with Manchester City.

The Premier League champions will have a busier season with the Champions League, forcing Conte to rest players. Last season the manager utilized a core set of players throughout the title race, but already showing signs of expanding during the busy summer transfer window.

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