A Celtic move looks unlikely for Mexican Edson Alvarez
A Celtic move for Mexican youngster Edson Alvarez looks unlikely after a local journalist rubbished the rumours.
The 21-year-old Club America defender has 20 caps for his country. He made four appearances at the World Cup in Russia, scoring an own goal against Sweden.
Alvarez is fresh off scoring both goals in America’s Liga MX final win over Cruz Azul, ironically managed by former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha.
With the Mexican season in shutdown for the winter, the defender was rumoured to be on Celtic’s radar in the transfer window.
The news came as a complete surprise to Celtic fans. Not many would have known of the youngster before the rumour started.
The news spread through twitter, with some Mexican journalists breaking the news.
🚨Rumor: el Celtic de Glasgow estaría interesado en Edson Álvarez ¿creen que sea hora de emigrar a Europa? pic.twitter.com/wcoWXedlMx
— Salim Chartouni (@Salimgol) December 20, 2018
That tweet translates to “Rumour: Glasgow Celtic would be interested in Edson Alvarez do you think it’s time to emigrate to Europe?”
🚨ATENCIÓN🚨 Edson Álvarez podría marcharse a un campeón de Europa. 😱😱😱
Todavía no llegó una oferta formal: 👇 https://t.co/yIPTHXKGcw
— América Monumental (@AmeMonumental) December 20, 2018
Translating to “Edson Alvarez could go to a champion of Europe. A formal offer has not yet been made”.
These suggested that Celtic had a strong interest in the Mexican international.
However, another reporter stated Celtic had a task on their hands acquiring Alvarez:
— Seba Ongarelli (@sebaongok) December 20, 2018
With the transfer fee and a work permit providing potential stumbling blocks for the move, the rumour looked like that’s all it would pan out to be.
News outlets at home began to pick up on the news:
— Daily Record Sport (@Record_Sport) December 20, 2018
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) December 20, 2018
However, one Mexican reporter appeared to dismiss the rumours outright:
Edson Álvarez NO saldrá en este mercado de fichajes. Se había manejado que el Celtic de Escocia había mandado una oferta pero no es así.
La figura de la final contra Cruz Azul permanecerá más tiempo en Coapa. pic.twitter.com/zxA6mmHtF6
— Juan Carlos Ibarrarán (@chato_jc) December 20, 2018
This translates to: “Confirmed! Edson Alvarez will not be in this transfer market. It had been handled that the Scottish Celtic had sent an offer but it is not so.”
He isn’t the first player to be linked to Celtic this winter and he won’t be the last.
However, there is something strange about this link. Celtic don’t have the best track record with Latin or South American players. Juninho and Rafael Scheidt didn’t cover themselves in glory playing for the Hoops.
Although Alvarez’ country-man Efrain Juarez was a huge flop at the club as well, it would be harsh to expect Alvarez himself to be a flop.
However, there is good news to be had at this link.
Keeping their cards close to their chest
The linking of Alvarez to Celtic suggests that the club are at least aware of their need for reinforcements.
The club, as previously stated, like to conduct their business quietly most of the time.
If Celtic’s interest in the Mexican is correct, then they are already looking to complete transfer deals ahead of the window opening on January 1st.
That is some good news at least, whether or not Celtic make a move for Alvarez.