Recent reports have seen Scottish Champions Celtic linked with a move for Welsh youngster Rabbi Matondo, the former Manchester City man set to be yet another player with Etihad links to make the switch to Parkhead.
Currently on the books of Schalke – having joined from City in an £11.3m deal three years ago – the 21-year-old appears set for pastures new with just 12 months remaining on his existing deal having spent the most recent campaign on loan at Belgian outfit, Cercle Brugge.
With the Pro League side recently announcing that they won’t be making his move permanent – having opted against exercising the reported €3.5m (£3m) option to buy fee – the door has been opened for other potential suitors to make their move.
Although Premier League sides are believed to be sniffing around – notably Leeds United – those of a Hoops persuasion will be hoping that the “electrifying” starlet – as he has been dubbed by Ryan Giggs – will favour a move to the Glasgow outfit this summer.
Should the £3.6m-rated gem make the move in the current window, he could potentially form an explosive duo with the hero of the most recent campaign, Jota, with the Portuguese starlet believed to be “very close” to making his loan move permanent.
The 23-year-old plundered ten goals and a further ten assists in 29 Scottish Premiership games in last season’s triumphant campaign, having initially joined the Old Firm side on a temporary deal on deadline day last summer.
The fleet-footed star has dazzled with his speed and trickery on the flanks under manager Ange Postecoglou, with the former Yokohama boss potentially set to be able to form a lethal wing-duo should Matondo join him at Celtic Park prior to the start of next term.
It is a mouthwatering notion just thinking about the pair tearing defences apart down both flanks, with the two men also likely to provide high-quality entertainment for the home crowd, with the Welshman, in particular, having been dubbed “very exciting to watch” by journalist Ian Mitchelmore.
The £12k-per-week “wing wizard” – as he has been described by Alex Chaffer – proved just what an asset he can be during his loan stint in the 2021/22 campaign, netting ten goals and providing two assists in all competitions to show just a flavour of what he can produce if handed regular game time.
As Postecoglou’s men look to kick on again next term, having such a deadly attacking partnership in tow would no doubt help in their quest for even more glory.