Roberts in talks to join Manchester City, confirms Symons

The highly-rated 18-year-old appears set to move to the Etihad Stadium after the two clubs agreed a reported fee of £5 million, which could rise to as much as £11m


Fulham boss Kit Symons has confirmed highly-rated winger Patrick Roberts is in talks to sign for Manchester City.

Goal reported in June that the Etihad Stadium outfit were keen to add the 18-year-old to their squad as they looked to beat Liverpool and Manchester United to his signature.

And the two clubs have now agreed a reported fee of £5 million – which could rise to as much as £11m with add-ons- after Roberts handed in a transfer request at Craven Cottage.

“It’s progressing, it’s fair to say,” Symons told BBC Sport. “He’s in serious talks with them so we’ll have to wait and see.

“He’s handed in a transfer request and he’s only got one year left on his contract.

“We want to keep all of our best players and build for the future but there comes a point where you have to do the right thing for the football club. If it is £11m it’ll be nice to get.

“It’ll be a shame to lose one of our bright young talents but I need to have people who are committed and want to play for the club.

“He could sign a pre-contract agreement abroad in January and walk away for next to nothing. We’re mindful of that and we’ve had numerous discussions with the chairman about it.

“I sat down with Pat and his parents and we told him how much we valued him and wanted him at the football club but they’ve made their minds up that this is what they wanted to do.”

Roberts would become City’s third major signing of the summer transfer window after they completed deals for Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph earlier this week.

Symons, meanwhile, has rejected claims Scott Parker could also be leaving the Championship club for Bournemouth, saying: “That’s just speculation. We’ve certainly heard nothing about that.”