Report: Leicester confident of landing Patrick Roberts as Mahrez replacement

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic looks on prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Patrick Roberts has shone in the Scottish Premiership with Celtic and could now return to the Premier League with Leicester City.

Patrick Roberts of Celtic celebrates after he scores his team's fourth goal  during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle Stadium on April 2, 2017 in...

The fact that Patrick Roberts is a big money target for Premier League clubs this summer is a sign that his two-and-a-half year loan spell at Celtic can be considered a success.

The Manchester City winger first moved to Glasgow in 2016 and could end his spell with the Scottish Premiership giants with three successive league titles, not to mention two domestic trebles in two seasons.

The 21-year-old Roberts has also developed rapidly under Brendan Rodgers, becoming a far more consistent and well-rounded attacker, and has thus attracted the attention of both Leicester City and West Ham United.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic celebrate at the final Whistle with team mate Patrick Roberts during the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on December...

The Express claims that the Hammers and the Foxes could offer £15 million for Roberts, slightly more than the fee City paid Fulham for the then-teenage talent three years ago.

And updated reports in the Mail claim that Leicester are confident of winning the race for the England U21 ace, and it seems as if Roberts could be the replacement for Riyad Mahrez at the King Power Stadium.

Riyad Mahrez of Leiccester City elbrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on May 13, 2018...

After another fine individual campaign, Algerian talisman Mahrez looks set to finally join Manchester City this summer, a few months after Leicester blocked his January move to the Etihad. The Sun claims that City are confident they have secured the signature of the 2016 PFA Player of the Year for a fee of £65 million.

And the fact that Roberts has been lined up to replace him shows what a good job Rodgers and Celtic have done to accelerate his development.

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