ESPN is reporting that Manchester City and Fulham have agreed to a deal for Patrick Roberts. He has been linked to almost every big club in England with rumors swirling about Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool. Roberts' success with the England youth teams, even playing up a level with the U21 certainly made him more attractive.
Fulham reportedly offered Roberts a new contract with a salary of £5,000 a week, but could not match the financial offer that City was willing to put forth. According to the ESPN sources the two clubs have agreed on a fee of £5 million, which could rise to as much as £10 million with various add-ons.
Manchester City is desperate to increase there number of homegrown players as they lost James Milner, Frank Lampard, Micah Richards and Dedryck Boyata. However, it remains to be seen whether Roberts can crack that lineup.
It's a sad day for Fulham fans as we never really got to see what Roberts could be in a Fulham shirt. There is also some trepidation on whether or not he's ready to play at that level. He played very little for Fulham last year, as the physicality of the game in the Championship seemed too much for him at times. Is he really ready for the Premier League? It is certainly possible that City are willing to loan him back to Fulham for this one year, and we get a final chance to say goodbye.