Reported Celtic loan target Yan Couto turned down Barcelona and Bayern Munich in 2020

By Euan Davidson

July 24, 2021

Reported Celtic loan target Yan Couto [Sky Sports] is not a young man who struggles to make big decisions, having turned down Barcelona and Bayern Munich in 2020 [Manchester Evening News].

After impressing in Brazil with Coritiba, and in the U17 World Cup, Couto had plenty of offers. However, the youngster chose to sign with Manchester City, unable to turn down the lure of boss Pep Guardiola.

Couto, who spent last season on loan with Girona, is now facing another big summer. With Manchester City strong at right-back, the youngster is being tipped for another loan move. Celtic are said to be in the queue [Sky Sports].

The Brazilian, at just 19, was named the Spanish Segunda’s right-back of the season for 20-21 [Manchester Evening News]. His potential is frightening. However, the Manchester Evening News claim there could be a problem with him joining Celtic.

According to the Manchester Evening News:

“Despite the relaxation of work permit rules, Couto still appears to be slightly short of the required points, which are allocated on the basis of international prowess, the level at which a player has been operating, and other factors.

“City could have appealed on the basis of Couto’s clear potential, but with success unlikely, another loan, to one of the top continental leagues – Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A or Ligue 1 – is the best option.

“If he could establish himself in the first team at a club in one of those leagues, he would boost his points total and probably qualify for a UK permit next year.”

Celtic could be scuppered in deal for youngster who turned down Barcelona and Bayern Munich

However, is work permit problem really a problem? Couto has been training with the Manchester City squad in pre-season. He’s even been making attempts to improve his English [Daily Record].

If work permit issues were to arise, surely Celtic and/or Manchester City can make a solid argument based on his Spanish and international exploits? That being the case, Celtic would undoubtedly have a quality player to work with.

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In his 30 Girona appearances, Couto played substantial minutes. He even popped up with 5 assists as the Catalonian side barely missed promotion. A smart passer of the ball, Couto has shone in big moments for Brazil at youth level.

His side won the U17 World Cup, with Couto creating more chances than anyone other defender [Manchester City].

Fine, loans aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. But if Celtic can get use of the next Cafu, who found himself in a position to turn down Barcelona and Bayern Munich, it’s a very exciting opportunity.

In other news: Chris Sutton at a loss over pertinent Celtic issue