Celtic loanee Diego Laxalt has had a strange time since joining on loan in September of 2020.
Not only has he joined a side with a famous atmosphere to play behind closed doors. He’s also had to play his parent side twice in the Europa League. Now with the manager who brought him in resigning, it’s been an odd spell in Glasgow for Laxalt.
Initially a guaranteed starter, the Uruguayan has played second fiddle to the rejuvenated Greg Taylor. Although Taylor may be a doubt for the next couple of matches, there’s little doubt as to who starts at left-back these days.
However, A.C. Milan are banking on Celtic making Diego Laxalt’s stay a permanent one. Calcio Mercato are reporting that Celtic are keen on keeping the left-back, with the Rossoneri using the funds to buy young, exciting players. The outlet are suggesting that a €9m fee would be enough.
Paolo Maldini, Milan’s Technical Director, has seen success with the likes of Jens Petter Hauge and Franck Kessié, and is wishing to follow a similar transfer model. Laxalt just doesn’t fit at the San Siro.
Stefano Pioli’s side looked good value to win their first Scudetto in a decade. However, the Rossoneri find themselves second, having fallen out of form since the winter [Sky Sports].
While they still might stop Juventus’ 10IAR bid, it looks more likely that their San Siro roommates Inter will stop the Old Lady’s dominant run.
For Celtic, is Diego Laxalt value for money?
Diego Laxalt started well at Celtic. Still, over recent months, particular aspects of his game have been called into question. For a lauded passer of the ball, his crossing has been wayward, and he hasn’t provided any assists from the left flank [Transfermarkt].
Additionally, his positioning has been incredibly suspect. Against Ross County, Laxalt watched the ball fly past him and into Scott Bain’s net [SPFL]. Whether that’s a function of bad organisation is up for debate, but he could’ve easily covered the post, and been more active defensively.
Yes, that’s one game. But it’s symptomatic of wider problems Laxalt has had at Celtic. For €9m, the Uruguayan international would be a huge outlay for a club like ours.
It’s hard to argue he’s done nearly enough to justify that kind of spend. It’d be a prohibitive fee, especially when so much retooling needs done in the summer.
A.C. Milan may need to find someone else to take Laxalt off their hands.