Hours after the Brazilian's arrival, Barça told 22-year-old talent Sergi Samper that he won't be a part of the first team this season and now, another player could be on his way out of the club.
But the Spaniard has failed to start a single game during Barcelona pre-season's schedule, with Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets having been picked ahead of him to form Valverde's midfield trident.
Paulinho's unexpected £36.5 million transfer from Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande this week has caused a stir in and around FC Barcelona.
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The player has serious offers from big clubs who would see him as a key player, which is what he wants most of all.
Roberto is contract-tied to Barcelona until 2019 but he has a €40million (£36.3m) release clause in his contract, which now seems like a pittance for Manchester United and Chelsea to pay given the amount they have spent and the inflation of the market. He is a player I absolutely count on. He's a very important player for us. I understand he is a player who came to the club following a big investment and that he has always been an important player for all his teams, but it all depends on his performance and what the manager considers best: Nnow I'm going with other players.
"It's true that I've talked to [Samper]", he said.
Naturally a central midfielder, Roberto was played in the main at right-back last season under Luis Enrique and impressed, proving himself to be a valuable and versatile player.