Official: Manchester City sign Patrick Roberts

Manchester City have confirmed they have signed Fulham wonderkid Patrick Roberts.

It was revealed last month that City were in advanced talks with Fulham over a deal for Roberts with an offer of £5 million rising to £10m with add-ons.

On Saturday Fulham boss Kit Symons confirmed that Roberts had decided to leave the club and now City have sealed the signing of an 18-year-old regarded as one of the brightest talents of his age group.

Roberts becomes City’s third high-profile English signing of the summer after the arrivals of Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph as they continue their home-grown recruitment drive.

The 18-year-old is not expected to form part of City’s first-team squad, and it is not yet clear whether he will be loaned out in order to secure regular senior football next season.

Roberts, a boyhood Liverpool fan, made just two senior starts in the Championship last season as Fulham battled to preserve their survival in the second tier but was considered the jewel of a talented youth side that reached the FA Youth Cup final in 2014.

He also played a key role in England’s triumph at the European Under-17 Championships last year.