According to a report in the Daily Mail, Fulham youngster Patrick Roberts is undergoing a Manchester City medical after the clubs agreed on a £2 million fee, rising to £8 million with add-ons.
City have already brought in English duo Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph from Liverpool and Aston Villa respectively, but their expected third summer signing is widely regarded as one for the future.
Roberts stood out last season as one of the Championships’ most exciting prospects, attracting the attention of a number of Premier League scouts despite only making 17 appearances.
As per a report in The Sun, Liverpool were said to have lodged a £5 million bid for the diminutive midfielder, though such rumours were never officially confirmed or denied.
With speculation rife, fresh reports in the Daily Mail say Manchester City have won the race to his signature, with the youngster undertaking a medical at the club on Saturday afternoon.
What does the future hold for Patrick Roberts?
Clearly not ready for a regular spot in the Citizens’ midfield, Roberts is expected to join up with City’s development squad and take part in the upcoming Premier League U21 league.
Some may question why he would trade regular Championship football for City’s development squad, yet this approach is becoming increasingly common, with the standard of youth football improving.
At 18 years of age, Roberts has a big future ahead of him and plenty of time to progress at the Etihad Stadium into one of England’s most naturally gifted midfielders of his generation.