According to a report in The Sun, Liverpool have responded to Raheem Sterling’s Manchester City move by lodging a £5 million bid for Fulham’s highly-rated youngster Patrick Roberts.
As per a report in the Daily Mail in mid-June, Manchester City were said to be closing in on a deal for Roberts despite the London club setting a reported £10 million asking price.
Such talk of a move to City, however, has quietened in recent weeks and fresh reports now claim that Liverpool have made an approach, although it’s expected to be deemed insufficient.
“The Reds are ready to dip into their record British transfer fee after offering £5m for 18-year-old whizkid Roberts. But the Championship outfit will knock back both clubs after slapping a £10m price tag on their London-born forward,” the report states.
Who is Patrick Roberts?
Capable of the playing in a number of roles in the final third, the diminutive midfielder made 17 Championship appearances last season, though only five after the turn of the New Year.
Said to be a Liverpool supporter, Roberts has represented the England U19 national team and was part of the U17 team which excelled at the European Championships in 2014.
The Reds are currently no longer in a position to acquire the world’s very best talent, therefore making moves now for the best prospects is a sound strategy to building a future team capable of challenging.