Ligue 1 club Nice is closing in on the capture of Celtic target and Manchester City youngster Patrick Roberts, according to reports in France.
Roberts was loaned out to Celtic for the past seasons where he spent 18 months with the Scottish Champions, he has been in fine form as he helped Celtic clinch the League last season.
Brendan Rodgers is desperate to keep the young forward, but Roberts has his mind fixed on a move to France to play alongside with former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.Related: Manchester City set to hijack Manchester United target
The Scottish champions look set to miss out on re-signing the 20-year-old winger, who now appears bound for France.
According to Nice-Matin, the French side is in the process of working overtime to finalise Roberts' move from Manchester City and a deal could be reached soon
Nice will play Napoli in their Champions League play-off round tie and want to register Roberts in their squad, which must be submitted by midnight on Monday.
The south coast club was in fine form the last term and finished a lofty third in Ligue 1, helped by the goals of Mario Balotelli.