According to The Daily Record, Celtic have agreed a deal in principle to sign Australian wonderkid Daniel Arzani on a two-year loan deal after he completes his move to Manchester City.
The 19-year-old left-winger is currently at A-League side Melbourne City, who are fellow members of the City Football Group and means that the Manchester side will be able to secure the talented youngster on a cut-price deal.
His two goals and three assists in the league last season barely reflect his gifted technical ability and talent on the ball.
Having been born in Iran, Arzani represents Australia at international level and was the youngest player at this summer’s World Cup. He was included in the squad after making his debut in a friendly against the Czech Republic at the start of June.
He then scored his first international goal in the next World Cup warm-up match against Hungary, securing his place on the plane to Russia where he appeared as a substitute in all three of Australia’s matches.
Although The Daily Record reports that top-level discussions have taken place between Man City and Celtic officials, Arzani’s move to Manchester has not been confirmed yet and there could still be time for a club to jump in on the deal.
Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough were recently linked with a £10m move for Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo by The Irish Sun, but if they could secure Arzani on a two-year loan deal it would represent much better value as they attempt to secure promotion from the Championship.
Karanka has already made 10 signings so far this summer, some with the help of super agent Jorge Mendes, and hijacking Celtic’s rumoured deal could provide them with one of the world’s top talents.