According to journalist Fraser Fletcher, Celtic are set to lose out on the signing from Lommel with PSV Eindhoven and Betis wanting to sign the player.
He revealed: “Vinicius Souza at Lommel will be moving on soon. His new club to be revealed shortly. Many want him PSV and Betis and others. Celtic not close to deal as it stands.”
Last season saw the 23-year-old spend a loan spell with fellow Belgian club KV Mechelen, in which he showed how much of a capable midfield player he is.
As the Hoops are dealt a blow in their bid to sign the talented Souza, their supporters will no doubt be gutted as he would have added a great deal to the Parkhead ranks.
With 27 league appearances to his name, the midfielder ended the campaign with more interceptions (64) and more tackles won (66) than any other player at the club.
Souza also racked up the third-highest percentage for shots on target (53.8%) at the Belgian side, which shows just how deadly he can be with the ball going forward.
This shows how much of a well-rounded midfielder he is and why clubs such as Celtic and PSV have been after him.
It also proves how much of a disappointing blow it would to the Parkhead club and their fans, if they were to see him make a move to the Netherlands this summer.
Bearing in mind how the Hoops saw the likes of Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham leave the club last summer and also saw Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic wave goodbye at the end of the previous season, it’s safe to say that the Bhoys could do with some reinforcements in the midfield area.
With the Brazilian being identified as a potential candidate to join Ange Postecoglou’s squad, Celtic will have to look at other midfield options to bring in before their next campaign starts.
Having shown during the previous summer and winter transfer windows, in addition to already securing deals for the likes of Jota, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Benjamin Siegrist and Alexandro Bernabei over the past few weeks, that the club are very capable of being active in the transfer market, this should Celtic fans hope that there will be more signings made in the coming weeks.
While it would be bad news to miss out on signing Souza, it would give the club the chance to move on from the saga and focus on other possible midfield recruits.