It is the news that Celtic supporters have been hoping for, with the Parkhead outfit believed to be nearing a deal for Lanus defender Alexandro Bernabei.
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As per Football Scotland journalist Mark Hendry, the 21-year-old’s move to Glasgow could now be imminent, with the insider revealing on Twitter that it is simply a “matter of time” before he is confirmed as a Hoops player.
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The young Argentine could reportedly be set to join for a fee of around £2.5m to £3.75m, with manager Ange Postecoglou believed to be keen to bring in competition for current left-back, Greg Taylor.
Recent reports have also linked the Scottish champions with fellow full-back Mohanad Jeahze – who currently plays for Swedish outfit Hammarby – although it would appear that the Old Firm side are instead set to recruit Bernabei.
That news will no doubt be of huge relief to title-winning coach Postecoglou, with the 56-year-old no doubt keen to see his side adequately bolstered this summer, with the club set for a long-awaited return to the Champions League group stage next term.
That upcoming European voyage – as well as their usual domestic commitments – will require the Parkhead outfit to have cover and competition in every position, with the former Yokohama boss likely to need to shuffle his pack frequently.
The Scottish Premiership side have already confirmed the permanent arrivals of Daizen Maeda and Cameron Carter-Vickers following their recent and successful loan stints at the club, with fellow temporary arrival, Jota, also seemingly set for a long-term stay at Celtic Park.
While those figures are familiar names to the Hoops faithful, the addition of Bernabei will undoubtedly be something of a shot in the dark, with the £2.97m-rated gem largely an unknown quantity for those outside of his homeland.
That being said, however, the “dangerous” starlet – as he has been dubbed by journalist Fernando Campos – appears to be a real talent, having already racked up 84 appearances for his current side despite his youth, chipping in with four goals and ten assists in that time.
His form in the ongoing Copa Sudamericana – the South American equivalent to the Europa League – has also been particularly impressive, as he has registered two goals and one assist in just six games in the competition this year, keeping three clean sheets in that time and averaging an impressive 3.3 tackles per game.
The 5 foot 7 machine could prove to be yet another hidden gem that Postecoglou can get a tune out of, with the Celtic boss set to be delighted to be able to bring in such a promising and prodigious talent.