An update has emerged on Celtic’s pursuit of Manchester City defender Yan Couto…
According to Sky Sports, the Hoops have failed to convince the 19-year-old to come at Parkhead on loan from the Etihad Stadium this month.
The report claims that Couto was a prime target for the club and is now poised for a move to Braga in Portugal, whilst Celtic are now looking to complete a deal for Legia Warsaw right-back Josip Juranovic after missing out on the Brazilian teenager.
Celtic fans will be gutted by this update from Sky Sports as it suggests that the club have missed out on their primary right-back target. Whilst supporters must be glad that a deal for Jurnaovic is progressing well, it is still a blow that Couto has rejected the chance to come to Scotland as Ange Postecoglou seemingly wanted him ahead of the Croatian.
Couto spent last season on loan to Girona and made 22 appearances for the Spanish club, averaging a SofaScore rating of 6.69. He did not make any errors leading to goals or give away any penalties during his time in Spain, suggesting that he is a competent defender who is not prone to costly mistakes in and around his own penalty area.
The defender also created 0.7 chances per game from right-back and provided four assists for Girona. This shows that he has attacking quality to mix in with his stout defending, making him an ideal modern full-back as he is able to get up and down the flank effectively.
The teenager has previously been dubbed the new Dani Alves, having arrived at Manchester City from Brazil in a £5m deal last year. Alves has been named in the FIFPro World XI eight times during his career, playing for the likes of Barcelona and PSG, which shows the high ceiling Couto has been given.
Therefore, Celtic fans must be frustrated that the 19-year-old has decided that he would rather join Braga in Portugal. Not only are they missing out on what could potentially be a good signing, but it also suggests that Parkhead is not an attractive place to come for young players.
This is something the club can strive to improve so that they do not face a similar problem in the future when trying to bring in young talent.