According to the Mirror, Fulham have slapped a £15million price tag on their teenage sensation Patrick Roberts in an attempt to ward off interest from Manchester United.
Widely regarded as one of the country’s most promising youngsters, the club are desperate to keep hold of the teenager as they prepare to compete in the Championship next season.
Roberts, who played a starring role as England won the European Under-17 Championship this week, signed a two-and-a-half-year professional contract with the Craven Cottage club after turning 17 in February.
Felix Magath handed the teenager his first taste of Premier League action against United's Manchester rivals at the Etihad stadium in March. The German manager has now promised to use a number of Fulham's exciting young players as the club seek to bounce back to the top flight at the first attempt.
Whilst it makes sense for Roberts to stay at Craven Cottage and experience regular first team football, Magath knows that a lucrative offer from United or another elite club could prove impossible for both the youngster and Fulham to turn down.
Premier League sides have grown increasingly aware of the midfielder’s talents and since he has been tracked by United throughout his time in the Fulham youth system, the Old Trafford staff could do enough to convince Van Gaal to push for a move.
Considering the Dutchman’s preference for youthful players, we could see a formal bid made throughout the summer window.