Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts is set to be offloaded by Pep Guardiola this summer, but the youngster need not worry about his immediate future as he has as many as 12 clubs interested in his signature. 

A report in the Evening Times has suggested that Celtic, who took Roberts on loan last season, will have to see off competition from 11 other clubs, if they want to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.

The England U20 international played a pivotal role in the Celtic unbeaten season in the SPL last year, scoring an impressive nine goals during the league campaign.


His performances last season made him an instant favourite at Parkhead and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that he can prise the winger away from the clutches of his other potential suitors. 

City could have 11 other offers to respond to, including bids from the likes of Ligue 1 side Nice, Portuguese giants Porto, and Premier League new boys Huddersfield Town.

According to the report, there is also interest from Germany and further interest from England.


Celtic may have the upper hand on the other clubs interested. The lure of the Champions League should count in Celtic's favour, while the rapport he has built up with the Parkhead faithful will make it difficult for him to head elsewhere, if Celtic's bid matches that of the other clubs.

If Celtic do manage to land Roberts, it will certainly hand them a major boost heading into the Champions League qualifiers and beyond. It will also lay down a marker about the direction that Brendan Rodgers is looking to take the club in.