Patrick Roberts to be sold by Manchester City as Celtic’s latest offer fall shorts – City Watch
Earlier today we reported news that Ligue 1 side Nice had held talks with Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts about taking him on loan next season.
Huddersfield Town have also made loan enquiry for Roberts according to ESPN FC, a move that on paper sounds ideal to give him vital experience in the Premier League.
However, this afternoon the BBC is reporting that Roberts is expected to be SOLD, not loaned out again, as Man City seek to raise funds for their summer overhaul.
It would be a controversial and somewhat unpopular decision to sell a talented young Englishman with potential to play in Pep Guardiola’s first team, although any sale would likely be loaded with clauses, including buy-back and sell-on conditions.
The BBC reports that Celtic have made a cash offer for 20-year-old Roberts, but adds that it believed to be considerably well below City’s valuation of the player. The Mirror recently claimed that the Scottish giants had offered just £5 million for Roberts, which would be a huge fee for them but is a drop in the ocean in the context of the Premier League.
Nice are again reported as an interested suitor by the BBC, as are Portuguese giants Porto and clubs from England and Germany (Schalke and Hoffenheim have been previously mentioned). In total, twelve clubs are after the England under-20 international.
City have already sold Enes Ünal to Villarreal for £12 million this summer and Aaron Mooy is set to follow in a £10 million move to Huddersfield, with fringe and youth players starting to raise considerable funds. It looks like Patrick Roberts could be next out of the door, and with the level of interest in him, City may again receive a considerable fee for a player not used by Guardiola.