Belfast Telegraph

Man City close in on Roberts deal

Manchester City are closing in on an £11million deal to sign Fulham teenager Patrick Roberts.

The 18-year-old winger has played just 22 times for the Cottagers after he made his debut as a second-half substitute against City in Fulham's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City in March, 2014.

But Press Association Sport understands City will pay in the region of £5million up front for the teenager with a further £6million in add-ons.

Fulham wanted to keep Roberts but it is understood he handed in a transfer request in order to seal a move to the Premier League club.

Roberts, pictured on social media reportedly arriving at Wilmslow Hospital for his medical on Saturday afternoon, becomes the third English player to join City this summer.

He follows Raheem Sterling, who signed in a British record £49million deal from Liverpool, and Fabian Delph, the Aston Villa captain confirmed as a City player late on Friday.

Roberts has represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels.

He also led the Cottagers to the 2014 FA Youth Cup final where they lost 7-6 on aggregate to Chelsea.


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