Man City ‘win race’ to sign Rangers linked starlet as Bundesliga side ‘scout’ Celtic player
The latest Celtic and Rangers transfer news headlines on Thursday...
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Meanwhile, clubs in Scotland are still able to sign players who are free agents after the transfer window slammed shut. A top German side have ‘scouted’ a Celtic attacker, while a Rangers-linked youth prospect has agreed his next move.
Here are the latest Celtic and Rangers transfer news headlines on Thursday, September 21:
Bundesliga side ‘scout’ Celtic rising star
Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig have ran the rule over Celtic attacker Rocco Vata - with Nottingham Forest also weighing up another move.
The Hoops youngster made his Under-21 debut for Republic of Ireland during the international break and a scout from the German giants was in attendance at Turners Cross to watch their 3-0 qualifying win over Sam Marino in Cork earlier this month.
Vata, who has stepped up from the Under-19s, featured for Brendan Rodgers first-team squad during their pre-season tour of Japan but has since been consigned to the club’s B-team, where he has made a handful of Lowland League appearances.
And he reportedly impressed Leipzig’s scouting department, along with the likes of English Premier League sides Brentford and Brighton.
Club have been put on high-alert with Vata in the final year of his contract at Parkhead and looks increasingly unlikely to sign an extension. Any cross-border move would mean Celtic are guaranteed around £350,000 in training compensation next summer.
Interest continues to grow in the 18-year-old, who can play as a winger or through the middle, with Serie A outfit Torino and Nottingham Forest both having recent offers turned down.
Premier League club ‘win race’ to sign Rangers-linked starlet
Manchester City have reportedly ‘won the race’ to sign hightly-rated England Under-17 international Destiny Mukasa.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the midfielder left fellow Premier League club West Ham United earlier this summer in favour of taking a different career path.
Mukasa had been without a club for 10 weeks and was a target for a number of clubs, including Newcastle and Rangers. The starlet was even invited up to Tyneside for a tour of St. James’ Park and the club’s training facilities earlier this week.
The talented 16-year-old, who operates just behind the striker in a central role, starred in a young Hammers team which won the U18 Premier League South with an impressive 19 wins from 22 matches.
Romano tweeted: “Manchester City poised to sign talented England U17 midfielder Divine Mukasda from West Ham - here we go, confirmed. Long term deal agreed- to be formally sealed in next 48hr. City keep going for best talents as their Academy remains crucial part of the club’s project.”