TeamTalk have claimed that Celtic have made an offer worth just £3million to sign Patrick Roberts from Manchester City on a permanent basis – and bring the winger back to Parkhead two years since he left.
Roberts, 23, helped Celtic win three Scottish Premiership titles while on loan at Celtic – spending two and a half seasons with the club from January 2016 to the summer of 2018. He clocked up 78 appearances in that time.
Though Celtic have been continuously linked with signing the England Under-21 international permanently, they have been unable to match Manchester City’s asking price – with City spending £12million (TeamTalk) to sign the winger.
Now, the report claims Neil Lennon is keen on bringing Roberts back to Parkhead and has offered Manchester City £3million. The offer has been initially rejected, but it remains on the table in case Manchester City change their mind.
TBR’s view – Roberts would be signing of the summer
But surely Manchester City will want more than just a quarter of what they paid Fulham in 2015. Roberts would be a stunning signing, scoring 18 goals and created 26 assists in 78 games for the Hoops.
Poor spells at Girona and Norwich City have since followed but that is hardly a slight on Roberts, who has not been given a fair chance. Celtic know what he is capable of, and his signing would delight a fanbase if Roberts does return.
The Hoops, though, may have to increase their initial offer if they are to have any chance of landing Roberts. If signed, though, he would be the signing of the summer – and guarantee the next Scottish Premiership title.