Di Marzio: Torino’s pursuit of Man City defender ‘complicated’ as Celtic push for deal

Torino’s attempt to sign Jason Denayer on loan from Manchester City has been complicated by the emergence of Scottish champions Celtic making a play for their former loan player, according to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia.

The Italians have asked City for 23-year-old Denayer on loan with an option to buy, but according to Di Marzio, Celtic are pushing to sign the Belgian, who spent the 2014-15 season on loan at Parkhead.

Reports from Turkey have consistently stated that Denayer only has eyes for a move to Galatasaray, though the Turkish press have been known to exaggerate or even outright fabricate stories, and Di Marzio makes no mention of Galatasaray in his latest article.

Denayer has been loaned out four times by City, twice to Galatasaray, once to Celtic (his first loan away), and once to Sunderland. He has already won the Scottish Premiership and Turkish Süper Lig in his young career but appears to have no future at the Etihad Stadium.

City value Denayer at €10million (£9million) but with transfer windows across Europe drawing to a close, may have to lower the fee or sanction a fifth loan move for the defender, who is out of contract in 2020.

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