After having proven his mettle with Celtic during his elongated loan spell, Manchester City attacker, Patrick Roberts, is apparently keen for new endeavours. The 21-year-old has stated that he is desirous to make a mark in the Premier League but there is no denying that his chances of playing for the Cityzens next season seem to be highly unlikely owing to fierce competition there.
However, here are three clubs which can be suitable destinations for the £15m-rated fleet-footed winger.
West Ham United
West Ham United are one of the firm contenders to prise Roberts out of the Etihad Stadium this summer. The Hammers had a terrible season in the Premier League but have moved quickly this summer and have appointed Manuel Pellegrini to oversee their most ambitious summer transfer window till date.
The London based outfit will strike gold if they manage to get the impressive City man. West Ham United have indeed lacked a cutting edge in the final third and they should be able to solve a substantial part of their problem by making Roberts sign on the dotted line.
As per one of the reports by Goal, Manchester City were prepared to use the blossoming English youngster as a makeshift in their pursuit of prising Riyad Mahrez out of the King Power Stadium. Mahrez might be a subject of interest for the English champions and City might look to put a player plus cash deal on the table.
Patrick’s versatility of operating from both flanks and his ability to control the ball well are a couple of his attributes. He is not short of confidence and has shown on multiple occasions that he can hold his own against top class opposition.
The Scottish giants haven’t lost their hopes of signing Roberts permanently, as per one of the latest reports by Daily Express. The former England Under-20 international is well accustomed to the tactical nous of Brendan Rodgers and has had a fruitful spell under him, helping his side in winning the domestic treble once again.
It will make a lot of sense if the former Liverpool manager tries to acquire his services permanently. Roberts has made 78 appearances since joining Celtic in the January transfer window of 2016 and has scored 18 goals. Besides, he also plundered 26 assists and despite the fact that he had an injury-prone season, he is expected to come back stronger next season irrespective of wherever he plays.
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