Leicester want Roberts included in deal that sees Mahrez move to Man City (Mail)

The 21-year-old has been on Leicester’s radar for some time and, according to the Telegraph, they are hoping to take advantage of City’s interest in Mahrez in order to finally get their man.

Roberts has spent the last two seasons developing on loan with Scottish champions Celtic, but despite some impressive displays he is still a long way away from becoming a first-team regular at the Etihad Stadium.

There appears to be a chance that the former Fulham prodigy will not be included as part of the Mahrez deal, but as an individual negotiation once the Algerian’s move to the Premier League champions is complete.

Pep Guardiola revived his interest in the former PFA Player of the Year following the collapse of his deadline day move in January. The Foxes refused to sell without the time to find a replacement and Mahrez responded by going on strike.

A £60million fee would represent a club record for Manchester City, but they could reduce that figure by including Roberts, who they value at £15m.

Roberts enjoyed a fine debut season with Celtic in 2016-17, scoring nine goals and registering 10 assists as they won the Scottish Premiership without losing a single game.

The most recent season was blighted by a series of thigh issues, which kept him out between November and March. As a result, he started just 12 games for Celtic but still picked up three more trophies.

Roberts has already aired a desire to stay with Celtic for another season as they look to win a 10th Scottish title in a row. He said: ‘I would love to be here but I can’t really say much on that. Something like that is massive and especially for Celtic to do it would be huge, and I’m sure they’ll do it and I’ll be part of of it if I’m here or not.’

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