Celtic must hijack Swansea’s bid to sign Man City midfielder Bersant Celina

According to reports in The Mirror, Swansea City are in talks with Manchester City over a deal for midfielder Bersant Celina that could be worth up to £4m, and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers should be hijacking his former club’s move for the 21-year-old.

What’s the word, then?

Bersant Celina celebrates after scoring vs Burton

Well, The Mirror says that Swans boss Graham Potter feels that the Kosovo international has great potential and can help his new team in their bid to secure an instant return to the Premier League this season, and Pep Guardiola is ready to let the attack-minded player leave after six years at the Etihad.

Celina only signed a new three-year deal with City last year, but after only making four appearances in all competitions for them and following loan spells with FC Twente and Ipswich Town, it appears as though he is on his way out.

The 21-year-old obviously impressed Potter during his time with the Tractor Boys in the Championship last term, scoring seven goals in 35 appearances having featured as a central attacking midfielder and on the left wing.

Why should Celtic hijack the deal?

Well, Rodgers is still yet to find a replacement for Stuart Armstrong following his departure to Southampton earlier in the summer, and Celina would be a brilliant like-for-like replacement for the Scotland international given his eye for goal and his versatility in attacking areas.

While he is still raw in many ways and has his weaknesses – he needs to toughen up a little and improve his defensive contribution – he showed the ability that he has on the ball for Ipswich by successfully completing 37 dribbles in 35 Championship matches, as per WhoScored.com.

Following another year of regular football under his belt, playing in the Scottish Premiership for Celtic, who must do everything to snap up an unhappy 6ft 4in Premier League colossus to strengthen their defence, could be the ideal platform for the Kosovo international to showcase his talent on, and he could well be Rodgers’ wildcard man during the 2018/19 campaign.