Jump directly to the content

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

DREAM TEAM

Your Sun

A News UK Company
TOP
ROBERTS RADIO

Leicester City want Man City midfielder as part of £60m Riyad Mahrez deal

Former Celtic loanee Roberts was first wanted by the Foxes in January as part of the same deal, but the proposal collapsed at the end of the transfer window as Mahrez went on strike

LEICESTER will attempt to sign Manchester City midfielder Patrick Roberts as part of a package for the sale of Riyad Mahrez.

The English midfielder has spent two seasons on loan at Celtic, but according to reports the Foxes are keen to take him when Mahrez’s drawn-out transfer saga finally reaches an end.

Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring for Celtic at Anderlecht

Kenny Ramsay - The Sun Glasgow
5
Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring for Celtic at Anderlecht

Roberts in action against Bayern Munich last season

AFP or licensors
5
Roberts in action against Bayern Munich last season

The 21-year-old has yet to make a breakthrough south of the border despite caps for England at Under-20 level.

Former Fulham man Roberts is rated by Pep Guardiola, according to the Telegraph, but the Spaniard is keen to push through a £60million move for the former PFA Player of the Year this summer.

Mahrez went on strike after a proposed move to City collapsed at the end of the January transfer window.

City reportedly rate Roberts at around £15m, given his potential.

Riyad Mahrez went on strike after his move to Manchester City broke down in January

REUTERS
5
Riyad Mahrez went on strike after his move to Manchester City broke down in January

Mahrez was spectacular in spells for Leicester again last season but he ultimately wants his £60m move to Man City

REUTERS
5
Mahrez was spectacular in spells for Leicester again last season but he ultimately wants his £60m move to Man City

Guardiola is understood to like Roberts but wants a deal for Mahrez to go through this summer

PA:Press Association
5
Guardiola is understood to like Roberts but wants a deal for Mahrez to go through this summer

He played 12 Scottish Premiership games for Celtic last season and even netted for the Hoops in the Champions League, adding to his two goals in Europe the season before.

So he has some key experience under his belt and does not even turn 22 until February.

Guardiola is also hoping to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho if new boss Carlo Ancelotti signs off the sale of the Italy international, after having a £44m bid rejected.

Maurizio Sarri left the Serie A club, who nearly won the Scudetto last season, for Ancelotti to take over, but they are hoping to keep hold of a number of their star players.