Report: Celtic agree to pay big money to sign forward as deal all but done
By Harry Sykes
Patrick Roberts will return to Celtic for a second spell after the club agreed an expensive loan deal with Manchester City, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the two clubs reached an agreement today (Friday) and a season-long loan will be announced at the start of the next week.
It is said that the Scottish treble winners will pay a “a substantial loan fee” and a “hefty” contribution towards the wages of the wide forward, who joined City from Fulham in the summer of 2015 in an £11million deal.
Celtic have not yet officially confirmed that the City player is on his way back but the Scottish Sun report that Roberts has been keen to make a return to Parkhead for a second spell.
Celtic wanted to land Roberts, 20, in time for him to play in Wednesday’s first-leg Champions League qualification clash against FC Astana but were unable to seal the deal by Uefa’s 11pm deadline on Tuesday.
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The Hoops went on to demolish their opponents 5-0 to virtually seal a play in the group stages of Europe’s elite competition.
England Under-20 international Roberts made a huge impression for Celtic during an 18-month loan that ended in June.
The front man, who is renowned for his skill and trickery from out wide, completed a haul of 11 goals and 19 assists from 43 league and cup appearances that was crucial to the club’s treble-winning campaign last season.
In addition, Stuart Armstrong agreed a two-year contract with the club that was announced earlier today.
In other Celtic transfer news, the club have agreed to sell a defender to a top-flight club.