The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have thoroughly enjoyed watching Pep Guardiola take his project at the club into its next phase this summer, by splashing big cash ahead of the new campaign.
Under pressure to win the Premier League title, our resident Citizens are hoping the new arrivals can help their legendary Spanish coach impose the trademark brand of football that made him such a household name during his times with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Still, while discussing who else Guardiola might bring to the Etihad between now and the end of the summer dominates discussion, the players he allows to leave Manchester will play just as big a part in shaping his squad.
So, reports emanating out of France have proven rather interesting of late. According to Nice-Martin, Ligue 1 side OGC Nice are trying to finalise a loan deal to bring Patrick Roberts to the south of France ahead of the new season.
The 20-year-old has impressed our local Sky Blues with his performances in pre-season and is clearly a huge talent for the future. After a productive 18 months on loan with Celtic, many of our drinkers were hoping to see him given a chance by Pep.
However, the attacking options available to him are quite frankly ridiculous, so the notion of seeing him develop at an exciting team such as Nice certainly is interesting. Les Aiglons finished third in Ligue 1 last term and face Napoli in a Champions League qualifier after proving to be one of the most upwardly mobile outfits in Europe of late.
They’re thought to be keen on Roberts – much to the chagrin of our Celtic supporters here – who could line up with a certain Mario Balotelli on the French Riviera.
Watching Roberts develop at Nice could be rather interesting for both City and England. A huge talent, the former Fulham man could learn a lot at a club who play good football at a high level, as well grow as an individual by moving abroad.
Certainly an interesting move and one that could pay dividends in the future.
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