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Manchester City transfer news: Patrick Roberts WILL return to Celtic after agreement struck with Manchester City for new one-year loan deal

The Englishman is expected to be unveiled early next week after the Hoops and Manchester City reached an agreement.

Patrick Roberts will return to Celtic for the rest of the season – with the Manchester City star’s loan move set to be rubber stamped early next week.

SunSport revealed this month how Roberts, 20, planned to tell Etihad chiefs he wanted a second spell with the Hoops.

Patrick Roberts had a successful loan spell at Celtic last season after being farmed out by Manchester City

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Brendan Rodgers has been desperate to seal a Patrick Roberts’ return

Moussa Dembele and Patrick Roberts pose with the Scottish Premiership trophy

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Moussa Dembele and Patrick Roberts pose with the Scottish Premiership trophy

And we can reveal his wish has been granted after talks between City, Celtic and his representatives.

An agreement has been reached that will see the Scottish champions pay a substantial loan fee and a hefty chunk of his wages.

The news – which will thrill Bhoys fans and boss Brendan Rodgers – brings an end to a long-running transfer saga with City that began when the ex-Fulham starlet returned south after the Scottish Cup Final against Aberdeen.

His performances in the treble-winning campaign earned him hero status among the Parkhead faithful, with some fans calling for him to be given Celtic’s famous No7 jersey.

Roberts scored 17 goals and helped the club win two league titles, one Scottish Cup and a League Cup, last season.

The Englishman featured in City’s US tour this summer, starting for Pep Guardiola’s men against Manchester United in Houston.

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Everton have spent well this summer and will give City a really tough time at the Etihad.

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Patrick Roberts helped Celtic win a domestic treble last season

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Patrick Roberts helped Celtic win a domestic treble last season

But talk of a Celtic return refused to go away and it intensified after he was left out of the Premier League club’s opening day squad to face Brighton.

Guardiola has been desperate to bolster his rocky defence this summer and are eyeing West Brom defender Johnny Evans.

And his Champions League experience is key for Guardiola as he looks to mount a serious charge for Europe’s premier competition.

Patrick Roberts and Kieran Tierney helped Celtic to go the whole league season unbeaten

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Patrick Roberts and Kieran Tierney helped Celtic to go the whole league season unbeaten
Especially as City cannot rely on skipper Vincent Kompany who has been plagued by injury problems in recent years.

City have already had a £18 million bid rejected by the Baggies during the transfer window.

But City are set to return to the table after the weekend with a new offer, according to the Daily Mail.