According to a recent report from The Sun, Celtic are eyeing up a summer move for Cruzeiro and Uruguay midfielder Giorgian De Arrascaeta. The 24-year-old was part of his country’s squad that reached the last eight of the World Cup this summer before coming unstuck against eventual winners France, with the attacking midfielder doing his bit in helping Oscar Tabarez’s side reach the quarter-finals.
And Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, alongside Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United, are reportedly keen on landing the £18 million-rated midfielder this summer, which would be a huge statement of intent by the Bhoys were they to win the race for the 16-cap international.
Ultimately, the Scottish heavyweights will be seeking the reinforcements this summer that could help them maintain their domination of football north of the border this season, having secured the treble in each of the last two campaigns.
Yet Rodgers’ side will be hoping to do better on the European stage this term after a disappointing last-32 exit in the Europa League last season, and a signing in the ilk of Uruguay’s De Arrascaeta could go some way to aiding in that quest in what would certainly be an excellent addition.
The 24-year-old currently plays his football in Brazil with Cruzeiro and has done so since 2015, in which time the attacker has scored 20 goals and laid on 13 assists in 90 appearances, three goals of which have come in 2018.
Thus, it’s pretty clear that the Uruguayan would add a great deal of attacking talent to Rodgers’ squad ahead of the new season, but significantly a deal to bring the 24-year-old to Celtic Park would be a huge statement of intent ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
The Bhoys have watched Old Firm rivals Rangers make some very shrewd moves under Steven Gerrard in the transfer window so far to suggest that the Gers may be ready to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title, but landing De Arrascaeta would be a much bigger signing than anything Rangers have come up with so far.
Beating Benitez’s Newcastle to his signature would itself be a massive coup given the strength and competition of the English Premier League, but it would also be another clear statement to the rest of Scotland that Rodgers’ men will continue to improve, and thus seek to continue dominating football north of the border.
Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!