Whilst Sergi Roberto may be shining on the pitch, talks over a new deal off the field have been progressing slowly with no sign of progress yet again.
The Barcelona midfielder has said that the two parties will return to the negotiating table after the winter break as he enjoys a period of relaxation ahead of the second half of the campaign.
There are two main sticking points, according to MARCA, which are the player’s salary and a new buy-out clause.
Currently, the buy-out clause in Roberto’s contract stands at just €40 million, and Barcelona are said to be desperate to raise that figure tenfold, to a much more substantial €400 million.
That low release clause is believed to be one of the main reasons why the club are pushing to get the Catalan to put pen to paper on a new deal, with several clubs from England and Italy having been linked recently.
Another stumbling block is the wages that Roberto is demanding from his club. As a regular first team player, he expects to be paid on a par with his team-mates in roles of similar importance.
However, given Barcelona’s already high wage expenditure as a percentage of revenue, they are reluctant to increase the pay of a player who is currently one of the cheaper options in the squad.