According to a report in The Sun, Celtic are one of the clubs trailing £18m-rated Uruguay international Giorgian De Arrascaeta ahead of a potential move, and if they do bring him to Celtic Park it would certainly prove a big point to arch-rivals Rangers.
Well, The Sun says that the Bhoys, along with Premier League side Newcastle United, are interested in the 24-year-old attacking midfielder, who was supposed to be one of his country’s biggest hopes at the 2018 World Cup.
However, having failed to make an impact in their opener against Egypt he didn’t make the starting XI again as the South American country were knocked out by France at the quarter-final stage.
Nevertheless, The Sun report that Brendan Rodgers sent scouts to watch the Cruzeiro playmaker in action at the Copa Libertadores earlier this year, and a move could finally happen with the Brazilian outfit said to be resigned to losing one of their star men in the coming weeks.
Despite his troubles in Russia, there is no doubt that De Arrascaeta would make a huge impact for the Scottish Premiership champions, and would be a brilliant replacement for Stuart Armstrong following his switch to Southampton.
The 24-year-old has shown the ability he has with 20 goals and 13 assists in 90 appearances for Cruzeiro, while the fact that he started for Uruguay in their opening World Cup match shows how highly he is rated.
He could make a huge impact for them both domestically and in the Champions League, and it would be further proof that new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has no chance of snatching the league title away from Rodgers, who would be making one of his best transfer decisions yet with deal for 27-year-old, in 2018/19.