German Report: Bayer Leverkusen move in for Piero Hincapie after summer Celtic link
Ecuadorian centre-back Piero Hincapie is in talks with Bayer Leverkusen, according to Sky Sports Germany.
Hincapie was said to have been interesting Celtic scouts who were reportedly watching the Copa America tournament this summer [Mundo Deportivo].
The Ecuador star would go on to have a terrific campaign too. He helped his nation reach the quarter-finals before being eliminated by eventual winners Argentina. Hincapie would also be named in Opta Stats’ Copa America Team of the Tournament.
However, there have been no further reports involving any progression in this one from Parkhead. Instead, it looks as though Hincapie could be Bundesliga bound.
Sky report that Leverkusen are extremely interested in the 19-year-old. So much so that they’re already holding talks with the player about a potential move.
Bayer Leverkusen swoop for Piero Hincapie after Celtic sign Carl Starfelt
You can’t say this is too surprising. In fact, Hincapie to Celtic never truly looked like being a possibility after Carl Starfelt was signed last week.
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Whilst another centre-back would be ideal, it’s difficult to see the Hoops move for another one. When Starfelt joins up, it means we’ll have him, Christopher Jullien, Nir Bitton, and Stephen Welsh as our four options. Not to mention the likes of Dane Murray and Leo Hjelde in reserve.
There’s also a meaty valuation involved here. Hincapie’s club Talleres want around €10m [£8.5m] for their star-man [Mundo Deportivo]. Can we honestly justify that at the moment?
The likes of Bayer Leverkusen and other clubs involved in Europe’s top leagues are better placed to do a deal than Celtic.
It would be interesting to hear more about which players Celtic identified during their scouting trip of the Copa America tournament of course. If there’s a bargain to be made then we should be on it in a flash.
Unfortunately, that won’t be for Ecuadorian Hincapie.