Patrick Roberts has quality. Enough so that with a handful of Premier League clubs interested in him, Fulham have slapped a £10m price tag on the 18-year-old kid.
It is a lot of money for somebody who is yet to score his first goal at senior level but nowadays the transfer market has gone haywire and money is thrown left, right and centre, with little care.
Manchester City and Liverpool are the two clubs believed to be involved in a transfer war for acquiring the services of Roberts, with an £8m offer from City reportedly turned down by Fulham.
Now it is Liverpool’s turn to launch a bid to sign Roberts, as Brendan Rodgers is in the market to find a replacement for the departed Raheem Sterling, but the £5m offer reported by the Express might have small chances of success.
Fulham’s problem, however, is that with just a single year left on the 18-year-old’s contract, they haven’t been able to tie him down to a new deal; and losing such a promising player for free is not the best of options for the Championship club.
A left-footed playing on the right wing, Roberts has started to steal the show at youth level by beating defenders with quick direction changes, cutting inside from the right and finding the net with good accuracy.
Felix Magath has done very few good things in his little time at Fulham, but offering the first taste of Premier League action to the then-17-year-old Roberts was perhaps quite a shrewd decision.
Roberts also represented England at all age categories up to Under-19, with his most important performance coming for the Under-17 squad at the European Champions in Malta in 2014. England won the tournament and the Fulham winger was named in the most valuable team of the tournament.
His talent is of little doubt and interest from the Premier League big guns only proves this point furthermore. A move to Liverpool might turn out to be prosperous, as the void left by Sterling needs some filling up – a task not all that difficult, under the right tutelage.
But where there is willingness from both the Reds and from Roberts, Fulham might not be so keen to sell unless their demands are met. It will be for Rodgers to decide if the kid is worth the money.
Chance is, he might be.