Manchester City agree deal with Fulham for Patrick Roberts

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Manchester City have agreed a deal with Fulham to sign the talented teenger Patrick Roberts, according to ESPN.

The England Under-19 international has been widely acknowledged to be one of the country's brightest young footballers.

He has been linked with a number of top clubs and Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been tracking his progress at Craven Cottage.

The deal

However, It is Manuel Pellegrini who looks set to win the battle after agreeing a deal worth an initial fee of £5m, which could rise to £10m depending on the future success of the winger.

Fulham have used Roberts sparingly over the last season as they fought to retain their status in the English Championship but they have fought hard to keep him at the club ahead of next season.

They had offered him an improved deal to extend his stay beyond 2016 but have decided to cash in. It will now be down to Manchester City to convince the 18-year-old that he can make an impact at the Etihad.

Bidding war

The news is likely to spark a bidding war amongst the Premier League elite with Manchester United likely to match City's offer. Louis van Gaal has shown a commitment to buy up young talent after sealing a big money move for Memphis Depay earlier this summer.

However, it seems Chelsea are best placed to compete with Manchester City as they are located just a stone's throw away from Fulham. In fact, their Stamford Bridge stadium is situated in the heart of Fulham Broadway.

He would also join the likes of Dom Solanke and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who are currently close to breaking into Jose Mourinho's first-team as well as making their way up the England age groups.

His talent

As a right-sided winger with a devilish left foot and incredible dribbling ability, Roberts cuts a figure of a young Lionel Messi, but is certainly a long, long way away from inspiring further comparison with the Barcelona megastar.

He has, however, already been inspiring his respective teams at youth level and was the star behind Fulham's unlikely run to the FA Cup Youth final in 2014. He also helped England win the UEFA European under-17 Championship that summer.

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