Manchester City supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team take another step towards the Premier League title courtesy of a routine 2-0 success over relegation candidates Stoke City on Monday night.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their clash with the Potters off the back of booking their place in the last eight of the Champions League having beaten Basel 5-2 on aggregate, although they did lose the return leg 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium last week. Nonetheless, the North West outfit got back to winning ways on Monday night as a David Silva brace was enough to get past Paul Lambert’s struggling side, thus moving City 16 points clear of second place Manchester United at the summit.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Citizens fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are already looking forward to their side’s next league game away at Everton in two weeks’ time, what with an international break to follow this weekend’s FA Cup matches.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident City supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent comments from winger Patrick Roberts admitting that he’d ‘love’ to remain at Celtic beyond the summer.
And City should indeed look to sell the £6.75 million-rated starlet (as per Transfermarkt) this summer to the Scottish giants, but only on one condition – namely that they have a buy-back option.
Ultimately, it makes complete sense for the 21-year-old to remain at Celtic Park, as it is highly unlikely that he is going to get into Guardiola’s first team anytime soon at the Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens are on the verge of clinching the Premier League title and look set for a deep run in the Champions League as well, with that success making it difficult for youngsters to properly break through into the first team.
And that is likely to be the case next term as well when City begin afresh and have to improve to fend off the likely challenges from the other top Premier League sides, and that means that Roberts’ chances of regular football are going to be extremely limited.
Significantly though, the winger appears to be enjoying his football at Celtic, having scored an impressive 11 goals and laying on 16 assists to help Brendan Rodgers’ side seal the domestic treble last time round.
And while injuries have thwarted his progress this season, it’s clear that he is a hugely influential player for the Bhoys, and one that is likely to command regular football in the years to come – as such, he could play a significant part in helping them move to the next level under former Liverpool chief Rodgers.
Thus, City may well be reluctant to part with Roberts, but by negotiating a buy-back option as part of the deal, it would be a win-win situation for them.
On one hand, the 21-year-old may not go on to fulfil his potential, and as such letting him go was the right call, or on the other hand he could continue his development to become a player City may seek to want in the future, and as such they could buy him back at a later date.
As such, sanctioning his departure in the summer would certainly be in the best interests of all parties involved, but only if the Citizens negotiate a buy-back option as part of the deal.
Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!