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Celtic make move for ‘very talented’ Barcelona player, he’s told Xavi he wants to leave - journalist
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Celtic make move for ‘very talented’ Barcelona player, he’s told Xavi he wants to leave - journalist

Celtic are interested in a move for versatile Barcelona youngster Alex Collado, according to journalist Albert Roge.

The Spanish journalist has reported that Celtic are one of four clubs, who are the first to move for the 23-year-old Spaniard.

He wrote: “Olympiakos, Celtic Glasgow and two LaLiga teams are the first to move for Alex Collado. The youth player would like to play European competition although LaLiga also attracts him, after his good performance at Granada.”

Collado wants to play European football this season, and a move to Celtic Park would allow him to do that.

The 23-year-old only managed to make two senior appearances for Barcelona after coming through their fabled La Masia academy.

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However, a loan to La Liga side Granada in the second half of last season gave him a taste of regular senior football for the first time.

Collado appeared in all-but-two of Granada’s league matches after his arrival, but couldn’t help them avoid relegation, as their fate was sealed on the final day of the season.

Celtic want to sign Collado

Although Collado hasn’t played much for Barcelona, he would certainly be an interesting option for Ange Postecoglou.

The Celtic manager has made it clear that the Scottish side aren’t finished with their business this summer.

The Spaniard is a primarily an attacking midfielder, but can also play on either wing.

Described by Barca Times as ‘very talented’, Collado is a hard working player, especially out of possession, but is also a strong dribbler.

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Barcelona’s dire financial situation is well documented, and Collado leaving the Catalan giants would be beneficial for both parties.

Fabrizio Romano has already reported this summer that Collado has asked manager Xavi to leave, despite his contract running until 2024.

When Celtic fans think of transfers with Barcelona, there’s only man that comes to mind: Henrik Larsson.

The Swedish legend scored 106 goals in 113 Scottish Premiership appearances to earn himself a move to the Nou Camp, and if Collado can achieve even a fraction of what Larsson did at Celtic Park, then he would have done very well.

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