Roberts to Celtic on the back of Virgil’s sale

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The DR has said that Celtic are in “Advanced talks” with Man City over the prospective transfer of Patrick Roberts.

The inverted commas generally denote a quote, there is however no quotations in the article and the back link to the Mirror from where it originates goes directly to its football page and not to the relevant story.

The quote is actually from  Mirror writer David Maddock, the DR article is essentially a copy paste published under no name other than Record Sport Online.

It seems plausible enough however, Guardiola is clearing house with 13 rumoured to be up for sale to fund his City revolution.

One of his targets who appears destined to play his football at the Ethiad is Virgil Van Dijk, who has been valued at £60 million by the Citizens.

Celtic are set to make 10% of that transfer and if another 4 million were thrown on top it would likely secure Paddy in Hoops for the long term.

Jason Denayer too is up for sale according to the Mirror.

No price was quoted, but with Celtic having Champions League Football on the horizon and looking for a replacement for Kolo Toure, a double inquiry would get half our shopping done at one time.

Denayer was shunted off to Sunderland on loan and the Black cats went down after a meek campaign.

A move to Celtic would give him the chance to reinvigorate his career under Brendan Rodgers.

With Celtic rumoured to be ready to spend £6 million on Borini and another million on Johnny Hayes, we are far better off going into the market for Roberts.

The idea that we would hand Ryan Christie off for a player 7 years older than him is ludicrous.

Equally stupid is to try and rehabilitate a player and break the clubs transfer record in the process.

If the record needs to be broken then do it with Paddy, while we are there lets have a look if Denayer would make a switch to Paradise.

With money in the bank and more on its way without even kicking a ball, the time to spend on proven quality is now.