Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was spotted at the Etihad Stadium for Manchester City’s 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield Town today, raising speculation up north that he may be after another loan player.
City have already sent £800,000 new boy Daniel Arzani to Celtic on a two-year loan, but Rodgers is still active in the transfer market, and there are several City players who could be realistic targets for the former Liverpool boss.
The first name that springs to mind is Douglas Luiz, the Brazilian midfielder who was recently denied a work permit to play in the Premier League. He might have more luck in Scotland, particularly after Arzani and Ghanaian youngster Thomas Agyepong, who joined Hibernian on loan, were granted permission to play in Scotland, despite being much less valuable talents than Douglas at this stage.
It is rumoured that Celtic are in the market for a centre-back, and highly-rated Philippe Sandler, City’s second-most expensive signing of the summer, could be available for loan if he recovers from surgery he underwent in May in time for a deal to be done.
Sandler, 21, is a centre-back capable of playing in holding midfielder and much is expected of him. Some have compared him to his compatriot Virgil van Dijk, who used to play his club football for Celtic.
A less realistic possibility to reinforce Celtic’s defence would be Eliaquim Mangala, who is also recovering from an injury that could impact whether he leaves the club before all of Europe’s transfer windows close. Mangala has previously snubbed moves to the likes of Crystal Palace, Stoke, West Brom and Spartak Moscow, so coupled with his injury, that makes a loan move to Celtic seem unlikely.
City have a host of exceptional young talents on their books who could be of interest to Celtic. Brahim Diaz has resisted a loan move to Girona FC, but currently isn’t making the City bench, unlike fellow youth product Phil Foden, and if there is a change in his thinking late in the transfer window, he could be a candidate to head to Glasgow for a year.