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The type of deal Roberts could get in England

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Leicester City are preparing to complete the £25m signing of Kelechi Iheanacho.

After three seasons at the Etihad Manchester City are set to show a massive profit on the striker who has started 12 Premier League matches.

A further 34 appearances as a substitute has helped the 20-year-old to score 12 goals but there is no place for Iheanacho in Pep Guardiola’s plans.

Competing in that sort of market puts the prospect of Celtic signing Patrick Roberts in perspective.

For half the fee that they have paid for Iheanacho Leicester could probably sign Roberts with the contract ensuring that the winger never has to work again.

The fact that there is still communications about Roberts coming to Celtic can only be down to the player- clearly playing for AN Other FC in the Premier League isn’t the extent of his footballing ambitions.

Playing for Celtic appeals to his style of football, Celtic will be back in the group phase of the Champions League before the Foxes get close to that stage.

In this day and age there are various ways to leverage a transfer deal. Giving City a buy back clause and sell-on option protects their investment and prevents the prospect of Roberts reappearing in the Premier League with City left in the dark.

As Iheanacho shows his ‘delight’ at joining Leicester his former City team-mate Roberts will be looking on and weighing up exactly where he wants to be playing his football next season.

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