Celtic are thought to be interested in signing Barcelona youngster Mika Marmol, according to reports from Spain.
The Lowdown: Marmol profiled
Marmol appears to be a rising star for the Catalan giants. The 19-year-old, primarily a left-back, can also play as a central defender.
He has five caps for Spain at Under-20 level and was a regular for Barcelona’s B side in the 2020/21 campaign.
It seems Marmol, who has over two years left on his Barca deal, has caught the eye of the Hoops, but they aren’t the only side interested.
The Latest: Hoops make approach
It is unclear if the Hoops have enquired over a loan or permanent deal, however, Spanish sides Getafe and newly-promoted Mallorca are also interested in Marmol’s services.
The Verdict: Down to recent Laxalt U-turn?
Marmol is highly thought of at the Nou Camp, so a possible deal for the defender could be a shrewd one by new CEO Dominic McKay.
In our opinion, Celtic may have looked at the youngster after making a U-turn regarding loanee Diego Laxalt.
The Hoops reportedly ‘abruptly changed their mind’ regarding a permanent deal for Laxalt at the end of the campaign.
Bringing in a young player like Marmol to rival Greg Taylor instead of signing Laxalt, who is on £57,000-a-week, could be smart.
Of course, there’s plenty of work to be done over any potential deal yet, but it’s good to see the Hoops taking a proactive approach when it comes to summer acquisitions.
In other news: Celtic win race for versatile teenager, find out more here.
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