Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has approved the signing of Barcelona star Sergi Roberto, according to report in Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo.

The Premier League Champions have shown interest in signing the  midfielder in the summer as he brace up for life after David Silva in the middle of the pack.

Manchester City has shown interest in the services of the 28-year-old midfielder with an ‘approval’ from Guardiola.

Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain is now reportedly waiting for a ‘final decision’ from Barcelona as to whether to push ahead from initial interest to an official negotiation with the Catalan club.

The Spanish midfielder’s contract expires in the summer of 2022.

Though Manchester City is not short of players in the midfield, the Premier League Champions has the likes of Rodri from Atletico Madrid just last summer, and Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho – who could both play in very similar roles in the foreseeable future.

Roberto’s agent could be using Manchester City as a way of securing a respectable move away from the club or even an improved contract at the Camp Nou.

Guardiola is also linked with a move for Manchester United Atletico Madrid Saul Niguez.

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