Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has identified England youth international Patrick Roberts as a transfer target ahead of the new season. The Manchester City player is likely to not be in Pep Guardiola's plans for the 2017/18 season, with Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sané and new man Bernardo Silva ahead of the 20-year-old winger in the Sky Blues pecking order.
The youngster was shipped out to Celtic at the end of the winter transfer window in 2016, going on to make 60 appearances for the Hoops in all competitions. Now deemed ready to step up into the Premier League, Roberts could move to the South Coast to get a taste of Premier League football, according to the Sun.
The Scottish champions have been interested in bringing Roberts back to Celtic Park next season, with French side OGC Nice also declaring an interest in the young forward following an impressive campaign under Brendan Rodgers.
Scoring 11 goals and registering 19 assists in all competitions last season, Roberts has rightly attracted a lot of attention this summer. Having moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2015 for a fee believed to be £12.75m, the Kingston-born forward made just three appearances for Manchester City before being shipped out to the Scottish Premier League.