Celtic are set for a busy day of activity as the transfer window draws to a close this evening and it appears they are close to another signing…
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Scottish champions are set to sign AC Milan defender Diego Laxalt on loan in what will be quite a coup for the club.
It’s claimed that the Hoops’ bid is the most ‘credible’ offer and that he’s set to leave the San Siro today to complete the move.
The 27-year-old is now valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt having once hit the £16.2m mark back in 2018 whilst at Serie A rivals Genoa.
Neil Lennon’s shift to a three-at-the-back system has meant there has been a greater need for a left-sided player who can play as a wing-back, and this is where Laxalt fits like a glove.
The 24-time Uruguayan international has played 127 times in the role, providing seven goals and nine assists. He was most successful at Genoa, where in his final season he averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.3 dribbles, 1.2 clearances and one shot per game, via WhoScored.
This only goes to show the sort of impact he can have at either end of the pitch and if he can refind that form, he’d be an upgrade on Greg Taylor, who is only managing 1.4 tackles, 0.3 dribbles and 0.1 shots per game in the Scottish Premiership.
Laxalt himself notes his strengths as “speed and endurance” as well as his versatility to fill a number of positions.
It’s his offensive threat that could take the Bhoys onto a new level as he’ll be feeding Alban Ajeti and Odsonne Edouard with balls from out wide, making him a far better fit for Lennon’s tactics than the defensively-minded Taylor.
Shane Duffy also knows all too well about his abilities as he helped nullify his impact as he was subbed off after just 45 minutes.
Overall, this would be a fantastic move from Nick Hammond and co.
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