Celtic are in advanced talks with Manchester City about a deal to turn Patrick Roberts’ 18-month loan move into a permanent move, according to the Mirror.
The 20-year-old has become a fan favourite at Celtic Park and coach Brendan Rodgers is determined to push through a deal, with talks reportedly at an ‘advanced stage’.
The sticking point is a fee, with Celtic prepared to pay £5 million for the young winger, while City want to recoup as much as possible of what they paid to Fulham in 2015.
City signed Roberts in a deal worth up to £12 million, but the initial fee was somewhere closer to what Celtic are willing to hand over to City now. More add-ons may have been triggered since he arrived, meaning City would potentially be making a loss on a player who has improved were they to sell him for £5 million – explaining their reluctance to relinquish him at that price.
Pep Guardiola is said to be an admirer of the England under-20 international, but City are looking to offload up to twelve players this summer to help fund the ongoing spending spree that they hope will turn Pep’s side into European giants.
One of those targets is Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, a former Celtic player, and the Scottish champions will receive around 10 per cent of any sale, which itself could fund a deal for Patrick Roberts if the Dutch international arrives at the Etihad Stadium.