Celtic have opened talks with Manchester City for defender Ko Itakura, according to journalist Ekrem Konur.
The Lowdown: Itakura profiled
Itakura is 24 years of age and is into the final 12 months of his Etihad contract.
He is on £10,000-a-week in Manchester.
Would Itakura be a good signing for Celtic?
The Latest: Celtic talks
According to Konur, ‘Celtic have started official talks’ with City over a potential move.
Konur also claims that the Hoops have made direct contact with the player, who is not in Pep Guardiola’s plans.
The journalist shared the news on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, which is available to view here.
The Verdict: Sign
Another centre-back appears to be needed at Parkhead this summer.
Having five senior centre-backs should be enough for Postecoglou throughout the season, and the manager could then allow Urhoghide and possibly Welsh to feature regularly for Celtic B when Jullien returns.
Itakura would also give Postecoglou an option in front of the back four if needed, so his versatility could come in handy.
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