Celtic interested in loan deal for Manchester City midfielder this week – reports

Celtic are keen to sign a second player from Manchester City on loan with the Scottish champions among the clubs interested in Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz, multiple sources in Scotland report.

City have days to find the 20-year-old a loan club for the season after the Home Office denied him a work permit to play for Pep Guardiola’s side, much to the annoyance of the City boss.

Portuguese giants Benfica and Porto have both been linked, but their interest isn’t too serious according to reports from Portugal, while a return to Girona FC in Spain can’t be ruled out.

Despite their early Champions League exit, Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic would like him according to both the Herald Scotland and Scottish Sun, having already landed Australian prospect Daniel Arzani on a two-year loan deal from the Etihad this summer.

Rodgers views Luiz as a replacement for Stuart Armstrong, who left Celtic for Southampton earlier in the transfer window, and having missed out on John McGinn, who joined Aston Villa, sees the Brazil under-20 international as an ideal candidate to reinforce his midfield.

Scotland has different work permit rules to England, with City loanee Thomas Agyepong, who is spending the season on loan up north, an example. 21-year-old Agyepong would stand little chance of getting a work permit in England, despite his five caps for Ghana, but Hibernian managed to acquire one for him.

Douglas’ future is certain to be decided in the next few days, as failing to find him a loan club would leave him stranded until at least January with nowhere to play – and if more suitable options don’t appear, Celtic may well be his next destination.

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