Patrick Roberts could finally call time on his Manchester City career by leaving on a permanent deal at the end of the season, Sunday’s edition of The Sun reports.
The 21-year-old joined from Fulham in 2015 for an initial £4 million but has yet to make a senior start for the Premier League club, and has been repeatedly sent out on loan.
In fact, Roberts has spent more time in Scotland than England, having enjoyed two-and-a-half successful seasons at Celtic, winning every domestic trophy on offer.
And it is reported that Celtic would head the chase to sign Roberts on a permanent deal, but could face Premier League competition from Leicester City.
Roberts is a fan favourite up north and there was much talk of a permanent transfer to Celtic in the summer before City instead sent the young winger to La Liga partner club Girona FC, where he has only played 234 minutes so far in Spain’s top flight.
The England youth international is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until June 2020, another reason why a transfer seems likely next summer so that City can secure a transfer fee and avoid losing him on a free transfer.