The Scottish Mail on Sunday
Celtic face battle for Roberts’ signature
By Graeme Croser CELTIC will need to fend off competition from France, Germany and the English Premier League if they are to secure the permanent signing of Patrick Roberts.
The winger has returned to Manchester City following the conclusion of his successful 18-month loan spell at Celtic Park and is expected to join Pep Guardiola’s squad on a pre-season tour to the USA.
With the approval of manager Brendan Rodgers, the Scottish champions have noted their interest with City and indicated they will be willing to pay a transfer fee in the region of £5million.
Guardiola intends to take a close look at the starlet, but the arrival of Bernado Silva from Monaco for £43m has not enhanced his first-team prospects.
City may decide to loan him for a second time, preferably to a continental club. French outfit Nice are keen in taking Roberts, 20, for the season, while Bundesliga clubs Schalke and Hoffenheim have been credited with an interest.
Southampton and Bournemouth are also in the frame but it is understood he would only be allowed to move to another English club if City, who paid Fulham £12m for the player two years ago, decide to sell.