Report: Manchester City to battle Manchester United over £10m-rated Patrick Roberts

Manchester City are looking to battle Manchester United over Fulham playmaker Patrick Roberts this summer.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City are interested in £10million-rated midfield prospect Patrick Roberts from Championship side Fulham.

The report states that Roberts and Southampton’s Ward-Prowse, along with the well-documented Raheem Sterling, are on City’s radar and could look to sign all three this summer in an attempt to boost their ‘homegrown’ talent stock.

Last month, in the Mirror, United were linked with a move to the highly-rated midfielder and were said to be keen on testing Fulham’s resolve over the player despite their reluctance to sell.

Liverpool and Arsenal were also credited with interest in the player in the report by the Mirror, making the 18-year-old one of the most wanted players in the country.

Should Manchester City look to steal Roberts from under their rivals’ nose?

Roberts made 17 appearances for Fulham last season in the Championship, with all but two coming from the bench.

Despite his tidy play on the ball, he was often found wanting as the physical demands of the Championship threatened to null his effectiveness on the game.

He created just the one goal, on his debut against Fulham, and most of his appearances in games were less than 20 minutes long.

Nevertheless, the winger is notably the pick of the bunch for the England under-18 side and he was once again the star of the show against Russia last week as the young lions fell to a last minute winner.

The fleet-footed attacker certainly has a bright future in the game, despite not being ready yet, but the race for his signature could leave the sides that don't’ act quickest regretting it.

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