Celtic are one of nine clubs tracking young Barcelona winger Alex Collado, according to the Daily Mail (print edition, 23/09, back page).
MailSport believes that Celtic’s Nick Hammond has joined clubs from Spain, Italy, and Germany who are all plotting a potential move for Collado on a season-long loan.
Currently part of Barcelona “B”, the Catalans are looking to bring in some hard cash for a host of their fringe players. The Daily Mail believes Collado is part of that group.
The newspaper states that Celta Vigo, Real Sociedad, and Villarreal have all expressed an interest in him, whilst Genoa, Sassuolo, Torino, Stuttgart, Werder Bremen, and Hertha Berlin have also been linked.
The Mail says that sources close to Collado confirmed that Celtic are one of the interested parties, with a decision to be made by the player when he’s fully fit from a recent metatarsal injury.
Collado would appear to fit the bill
The Barca youngster certainly seems to have the potential to be a good prospect at Celtic Park and in a position where the Hoops badly need to strengthen in.
James Forrest is still, incredibly, the only natural right-winger at the club. However, Neil Lennon’s recent change to a 3-5-2 formation has allowed Jeremie Frimpong to be used as cover as a right wing-back.
But even so, there will be plenty of occasions where Lennon needs to revert back to a four, and Forrest still needs genuine competition to help push him after a slow start to the season.
Collado managed five goals and five appearances for the Barcelona “B” side last season. That’s 10 direct goal contributions in 24 appearances (Transfermarkt).
Yet perhaps the most standout aspect to his campaign last year was the late sub appearance he managed for the first team away to Valencia. Collado only came on for the final five minutes, but it was a sign of how he was rated at the Nou Camp.
Currently recovering from his metatarsal knock, the player’s future has yet to be determined. But as a player who could potentially rival Forrest, this looks like a deal that may do the trick.