The 17-year-old forward, who made his Premier League debut against Manchester City in March, played a starring role as England won the European Under-17 Championship last week. Widely regarded as one of the country’s most promising youngsters, Fulham are desperate to keep hold of the teenager after being relegated to the Championship.
Fulham boss Felix Magath has told Roberts that he will be a first-team regular at Craven Cottage next season. The German coach hailed the youngster as an “extraordinary talent” earlier this season and has emphasised the point that first-team football will only benefit his development.
However, Magath knows that a lucrative offer from United, Arsenal or one of the Spanish giants could be impossible for both Roberts and Fulham to turn down. Scouts are Arsenal are firmly of the opinion that Roberts has the potential to become just as good as Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, two gifted Southampton academy products who have blossomed into Premier League stars at the Emirates Stadium.
How much Louis van Gaal knows of Roberts is unclear. However, United scouts will be all too keen to inform the newly-appointed Red Devils’ manager of the young Englishman’s talent. The veteran Dutch coach may then give the green light for the club to make a move, even though Fulham are demanding a hefty £15m.
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