Glasgow Celtic could be set to miss out on long-term Manchester City target Patrick Roberts, after the midfielder held talks with French club Nice about a loan move, according to the Sun.

The newspaper claims the winger, who spent the past 18 months on loan at Brendan Rodgers’ side, is in discussions with the Ligue 1 side, who will play Champions League football next season after finishing third.

It is no secret the Hoops want to keep the 20-year-old at Parkhead, with the possibility of a permanent switch being linked, however with the French side being added to the race, they will face a difficult battle.

Roberts joined Man City from Fulham in 2015, but was loaned out to Celtic where he excelled under the guidance of Rodgers.

He was arguably one of their best players last season, helping the club to complete an unbeaten domestic treble, contributing to the cause with 11 goals and 19 assists for the likes of Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths.

It is unclear at the moment whether Roberts is in the plans of Pep Guardiola for the immediate future, however with the recent signings the Etihad Stadium side have made, it may be best for the forward to leave the club to further his development.


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