Manchester City are to close to securing a deal for Fulham's 19-year-old attacker Patrick Roberts, according to The Independent.
Roberts has struggled to hold down a regular starting place in the Fulham first team this season, despite his starring role for their youth team in last year's run to the FA Youth Cup final. As a result he could now move move on elsewhere continue his development.
A move to City would likely see Roberts join up with the club's Elite Development Squad, led by Patrick Vieira, with a move into Manuel Pellegrini's first-team coming later this season should Roberts progress quickly.
City are keen to increase their quota of 'homegrown' players following several departures this summer including those of James Milner and Micah Richards. In this respect England U19 international Roberts would fit the bill perfectly.
Bright future for Roberts
Roberts has been linked with both Chelsea and Manchester United following his performances at Craven Cottage, but it appears that City's willingness to pay an asking price of £5 million with further add ons has given them the edge over their rivals.
If Roberts chooses not to leave west London he does have a long-term offer on the table from Fulham, as his current deal is due to expire next year. Alternatively he could allow his contract to run out and leave Fulham for a 'compensation' sum next summer.
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