Glasgow Celtic are interested in a deal to bring Yan Couto to Celtic Park this summer.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by Sky Sports, who claim that Hoops are looking to secure a season-long loan deal for the Manchester City right-back ahead of the new Scottish Premiership season.
However, the report goes on to state that Ange Postecoglou’s side are facing significant competition for the 19-year-old’s signature, with a number of clubs in Portugal also believed to have registered their interest with the Premier League champions.
Sky do not mention whether or not Pep Guardiola is willing to sanction the defender’s temporary departure this summer, although, with the Brazil U20 international having been sent on loan last season, it would seem as if there could well be a deal there to be done for Celtic.
Would Couto be a good signing for Celtic?
Couto could solve Celtic’s biggest issue
With Celtic’s desire to bring in a new right-back this summer being no secret whatsoever, in addition to the sheer amount of raw potential Couto appears to possess, should Postecoglou manage to get a deal over the line for the defender this summer, he could well have found a solution to the Bhoys’ biggest issue at present.
Indeed, over his 22 LaLiga2 appearances while on loan at Girona last season, the £3.6m-rated man helped his side keep six clean sheets, as well as making an average of 0.7 interceptions, 1.1 tackles, 0.5 clearances and winning 3.5 duels per game.
The 19-year-old also impressed in an attacking capacity for Michel’s side, scoring one goal, registering four assists and creating one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 0.5 shots and making 0.7 key passes per match.
As such, the signing of Couto would not only appear to be a huge coup for Celtic, but the youngster also clearly possesses the ability to make a real difference in the club’s bid to retain their Scottish Premiership crown, in addition to curing what is likely to be Postecoglou’s most severe positional headache ahead of next season.