​Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts was reportedly the mystery player offered to Leicester in the transfer deadline drama that saw the ​Premier League leaders make a late effort to prise 2015/16 PFA Players' Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez away from the Foxes.

City's interest in Mahrez became apparent on January 30, one day before the deadline, but ​Leicester steadfastly refused to sell for anything less than an enormous offer.

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The Sky Blues eventually pulled out after a fourth bid, totalling £65m including a player, was rebuffed. At the time, the identity of said player wasn't disclosed by reports, but given City's third bid was believed to total £55m, it could only have been one of a few individuals.

Ukrainian international Oleksandr Zinchenko, academy graduate Brahim Diaz and even veteran powerhouse Yaya Toure could have fitted the bill, but a new report from the Daily Mail claims the player in question was actually the aforementioned Roberts.

It is said that the £65m package consisted of a £50m cash payment plus the £15m-rated 20-year-old, currently on a second loan at Celtic in Scotland.


The same report notes Leicester sources hinted that £80m in cash might have been enough to prompt a sale, while it was apparently Leicester who proposed Roberts becoming part of the deal.

Had the £65m deal been accepted, Roberts would have had to break his loan at Celtic, with whom he was a Scottish champion last season. He played 47 times in all competitions last season, but injury problems since early November have limited his participation in 2017/18.

City bought Roberts from ​Fulham in 2015 for around £12m. To date, he has only made three senior appearances for the first-team.