Celtic are interested in a deal to bring Daniel Mandroiu to Parkhead in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by The Scottish Sun, who claim that, after tracking the 23-year-old for a number of months, Michael Nicholson and his Celtic transfer team have started negotiations regarding a deal for the Shamrock Rovers attacking midfielder.
The report goes on to state that, while no agreement regarding a fee has been reached for the Republic of Ireland squad member as yet, Nicholson is nevertheless confident of securing a deal for the youngster, who has one year left to run on his current contract at Tallaght Stadium.
Considering just how impressive Mandroiu has been for Shamrock Rovers so far this season, in addition to the fact that Ange Postecoglou currently lacks considerable depth in the more advanced midfield positions within his first-team squad, it is evident that the signing of the 23-year-old would be one which the 56-year-old manager would love.
Indeed, over his 34 Premier Division appearances this term, the £258k-rated man has scored a whopping 15 goals and registered five assists, with the Irishman’s contributions helping his side secure their second consecutive League of Ireland title with relative ease.
Rather unsurprisingly, his returns in Ireland have seen the midfielder earn a considerable amount of praise, none more so than from his former manager at Bohemians, Keith Long, who said of Mandroiu after the player’s brace against Shamrock Rovers back in 2019:
“Big players perform on big occasions. He’s a very good technical player with an outstanding future ahead of him. Tonight was another indication of the quality he has, so I think the sky’s the limit for him. He can be whatever he wants to be.”
And, while the Scottish Premiership is undoubtedly a rather big step up from the Irish top flight, it is clear for all to see that the former Brighton & Hove Albion man is a cut above the rest in the division, something which would suggest the midfielder is indeed ready to make the jump across the Irish sea.
Furthermore, with Tom Rogic’s recent injury highlighting just how short Postecoglou is of attacking midfielders at Parkhead, it is clear that the position is one in which Celtic need to strengthen this winter, with Mandroiu looking to be an extremely impressive, not to mention cost-effective, signing for Nicholson to get over the line in January.