Celtic have been monitoring a deal for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Edouard Michut, according to reports.
As per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Scottish champions had been in “advanced talks” to sign the promising 19-year-old this summer, with the Ligue 1 side having given the move the green light after agreeing to sanction his departure.
Writing on Twitter about the Frenchman’s future, the respected insider stated: “Celtic are in advanced talks to sign Edouard Michut. Paris Saint-Germain are open to let him go – first proposal to be submitted soon, permanent deal now discussed. #CelticFC opening bid will be around €2.5m, as @SkySportsLyall advanced.”
This report has come as something of a bolt from the blue, with much of the recent gossip having been centred around a possible move for Argentinos Juniors starlet, Fausto Vera.
Any deal still does feel unlikely, however, with those at Football Scotland ruling out a transfer happening.
Managing to sign a highly-rated prospect from arguably one of the most prominent clubs in European football would represent a major coup for Ange Postecoglou and co, with Michut having been tipped for big things during his time in France.
Likened to teammate Marco Veratti by some, the “highly technical” playmaker – as described by talent scout Jacek Kulig – has the quality to be a really exciting feature of the Hoops squad next term, with the club in need of a player who can unlock the door following the departure of long-serving midfielder, Tom Rogic.
While the £2.7m-rated gem has struggled to force his way into the first-team reckoning at the Parc des Princes – with just eight senior appearances to his name thus far – it is no doubt difficult to earn regular minutes among a stellar crop of talent, particularly with academy stars having long been overlooked by the French powerhouse.
Their loss could well be Postecoglou’s gain, however, with the “important” teenager – as described by Yohan Cabaye – a player who can blossom in the 56-year-old’s progressive and attacking style of play.
His youth would suggest that it may take time for him to truly make his mark at Parkhead, although in the coming years it could well prove a real astute piece of business, particularly for what looks to be a relative bargain price of around £2m.
The Glasgow side previously enjoyed great success poaching Odsonne Edouard from PSG, there’s no reason why young Michut can’t replicate such feats.