Celtic eager to beat Arsenal to sensational deadline day move

Celtic are poised to launch a deadline day raid for PSV Eindhoven’s Zakaria Bakkali, according to reports from The Express.

The 19-year-old winger is thought of as one of Europe’s very best youngsters and has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the past.

But despite his talent, PSV are understood to be looking to sell their starlet before the deadline passes to avoid losing him for free in the summer.

Bakkali’s contract has just under six months left to run and the Dutch giants want to get closer to £750,000 than the £200,000 they would likely receive in compensation payments later this year.

The teenager himself is out of favour at Eindhoven amid a dispute about his future, and Celtic are keen to lure him to Glasgow.

Bakkali’s agent has also hinted that “sporting reasons” will be the major factor behind any potential deal:

“I don’t know anyone who lives for football more than Zakaria. Money is not the motive for him.” He is quoted by The Express.

“He wants to leave PSV because of sporting reasons.”