Patrick Roberts on verge of Celtic loan move
- 30 January 2016 08:12
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Unless there are to be any dramatic manoeuvres in the market this weekend, Manuel Pellegrini will not be adding to his squad before the transfer window closes on Monday.
As the hinges are freshly oiled in preparation for a no-doubt frantic summer spending spree around the Premier League, from City’s point of view, the window will be gently closed rather than “slammed shut” following a relatively quiet January.
Manuel Pellegrini confirmed in Friday’s press conference that City would not be looking to bring in cover for the injured Kevin De Bruyne who faces between eight to ten weeks in the sidelines following a medial ligament injury sustained in the Capital One Cup Semi Final second leg triumph over Everton on Wednesday night.
One reported deal that looks to be nearing completion is Patrick Roberts’ loan move to Celtic which will see the English youngster follow in the footsteps of Jason Denayer in gaining regular experience of first team football at Parkhead.
The Daily Mail’s Stephen McGowan has this: “Celtic have agreed an 18-month loan deal with Manchester City for teenage star Patrick Roberts.
"Sportsmail first revealed Ronny Deila’s interest in the £12million rated England youth player earlier this month.
"And Roberts is expected in Glasgow to watch Sunday’s League Cup semi-final clash with Ross County from the Hampden stands before completing a medical ahead of Monday’s deadline.
"Initially reluctant to send the former Fulham attacker north beyond the summer, City boss Manuel Pellegrini has relented on a quest to get Roberts first team football after a mere three outings this season.
"Ronny Deila held firm in insisting a six-month deal made no sense to Celtic saying: ‘We will not take a player on loan to have him only until the summer – he would have to be something special.
"‘If it’s going to be for loans then it has to be longer than to the summer.’”
Tom Adams writes “Wilfried Bony has told Eurosport in an exclusive interview that he has no desire to leave Manchester City.
“West Ham and his former club Swansea City were both linked with the striker earlier this month, with Bony struggling to hold down a regular place in Manuel Pellegrini’s side. With Sergio Aguero fit again, Bony has only started one match since the middle of December, scoring in a 4-1 win at home to Sunderland.
“But even if his chances are scarce at present, the Ivory Coast striker, who cost City £25m 12 months ago, says he is happy at Etihad Stadium.
““I absolutely do not want to leave Manchester City,” Bony told Eurosport.fr. “I want to stay here. I am in the fifth biggest club in the world. Why should I look elsewhere?
““Of course, nobody is happy sitting on a bench. But I came to City to win trophies, I know I 'm going to play close to 38 games this season.
“"The price of my transfer does not put any pressure on me.””
Elsewhere, you might have heard that there's something of a football match taking place this afternoon at Villa Park.
City meet Aston Villa at 3pm hoping to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup and stay alive in all four competitions entered.
We've got the City side of things covered pretty well on our homepage but what are those Villains saying? Well, there are some good quotes from defender Ashley Westwood on his admiration for David Silva.
The defender told the official Aston Villa website: "David Silva is by far the toughest opponent I've faced. Ever since I've played in the Premier League I've thought the same.
"He's like a ghost at times, you don't know where he is. He's a top player."
Join us for full coverage of today's game in our official Match Day Centre here on mcfc.co.uk from 1pm.