The 21-year-old moved to the Etihad from Fulham in a £11m deal during 2015. For the past 2½ years, he has been on loan with Celtic where he made 79 appearances, scoring 18 goals.
The Foxes scouted Roberts during his time in Scotland and with Mahrez’s departure seemingly inevitable, are determined to bring the England Under-20 international to the King Power Stadium.
It’s understood that City value Roberts at £15m, and despite Pep Guardiola being keen to retain the youngster, are willing to sacrifice him if it means landing the former PFA Player of the Year.
Claude Puel is determined to strengthen his squad and reports in the Turkish media claim the Foxes want Trabzonspor striker Abdülkadir Ömür. Nicknamed the “Turkish Messi”, Omur is subject of a €20m bid from Leicester, which has yet to be rejected.
It’s understood the Black Sea Storm are suffering financial problems which may force them into a deal. Tottenham Hotspur previously watched the youngster and the Super Lig club are hopeful they will rekindle that interest to force the transfer fee higher.