The Daily Mail have claimed that Celtic are also interested in Manchester City teenager Ian Poveda after it was claimed last week that Leeds United were in talks to land the England youth international – with his contract expiring soon.
Poveda, 19, is highly-rated by Manchester City but a deal is yet to be agreed. It means he is available for just a compensation fee under the Bosman ruling – or interested parties can agree a transfer figure this month.
Scottish clubs – and indeed foreign sides – can land Poveda for a much smaller compensation fee. The Hoops pulled off such a deal with Moussa Dembele from Fulham, and are said to be interested in doing the same with Stoke star Tyrese Campbell.
An England Under-20 cap, Poveda has played for City’s first team in the 2018-19 Carabao Cup semi-final and appeared on the bench in the Champions League this season. Leeds are in talks over a move for Poveda, as per the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Celtic are not the only side rivalling Leeds for Poveda, with Serie A duo Torino and Parma also keen. Poveda is said to have taken in Torino’s 1-0 win over Bologna over the weekend alongside his father, as guests of the Turin-based club.
TBR’s view – Poveda would be an excellent signing for most clubs
For a club like Celtic or Leeds, Poveda will instantly be handed game time on a regular basis – testament to his ability. If you are playing for Pep Guardiola’s senior side at 19 years of age, you are doing something right.
His age makes him an excellent addition for Celtic and Leeds – because he has plenty of resale value and is only going to get better with first-team football. But even for the biggest clubs, he would still prove a top talent.
That is because his age would allow him to develop for years in the Under-23 side. For any side, this month, he would be a coup.