Celtic are interested in a deal to bring Fernando Henrique to Parkhead in the January transfer window.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by Brazilian media outlet Globo (via Everything Celtic), who claim that Ange Postecoglou’s side have made contact with the 20-year-old’s representatives after the Celtic scouting department identified the Gremio midfielder as a target for the winter window.
In Everything Celtic’s tweet, the account state: “Celtic have made contact with the representatives of Gremio defensive midfielder Fernando Henrique ahead of a potential move this January.”
The report goes on to state that the Brazilian side value the youngster at a fee of around R$25m (£3.2m), while there is also reported to be interest in Henrique from The City Group and Al Ain.
Would Henrique be a good signing for Celtic?
Fans will be buzzing
While Henrique has not featured all that much for Gremio so far this season, the defensive-minded midfielder has nevertheless impressed when given the opportunity by Vagner Mancini.
And, while the style of football in South America is undoubtedly rather different to that of the Scottish Premiership, when comparing Henrique’s metrics to Celtic’s current squad, the youngster stacks up rather well.
Indeed, his average of 2.3 interceptions per game would rank him as Celtic’s best performer in this particular field, while his returns of 2.8 tackles would rank him as the Bhoys’ second-most efficient tackler.
As such, should an opportunity to sign the 20-year-old for a figure around the quoted £3.2m arise, it would seem a highly advisable move to do so, as not only would the midfielder appear to possess the ability to improve Postecoglou’s options in the middle of the park, Henrique’s tough-tackling and hard-working nature are very player much traits that will get the Parkhead faithful buzzing.