Man City agree deal for Fulham's Patrick Roberts - sources

Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign highly-rated Fulham winger Patrick Roberts, sources have told ESPN FC.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are others among the host of clubs to have been chasing Roberts, who is regarded as one of the most prodigious talents in the country.

However, Manchester City have stolen a march on their rivals by moving quickly to do a deal for the England under-19 international worth an initial fee of £5 million, which could rise to as much as £10 million with various add-ons.

Fulham were hoping to keep Roberts and had offered him a new deal, with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2016, but have been unable to match the offer from City.

City have been monitoring Roberts' progress at Craven Cottage for some time and, although they see the midfielder as one for the future, they believe he could prove a valuable addition to their squad for next season as they need to bolster their homegrown quota after the departures of James Milner, Frank Lampard, Micah Richards and Dedryck Boyata this summer.

Roberts ironically made his Premier League debut as a substitute against City in March 2014 and made 20 appearances for Fulham in the Championship last season.