Sergio Quintero hoping to seal Celtic move

By Hamish Carton

July 9, 2019

Ecuadorian midfielder Sergio Quintero claims that Celtic are in talks to agree a deal to bring him to Glasgow this summer.

The 20-year-old, who plays for Imbabura SC in his homeland, impressed for his country’s under-20s side as they earned a 3rd placed finish at this summer’s World Cup in Poland.

Earlier this summer, Ecuadorian outlet El Diario credited Celtic with an interest in the player. Now it seems like that interest has turned into formal discussions.

The Daily Record have some quotes from Quintero:

“The representatives of Celtic have been in talks for some time with the president of Imbabura,” he said.

“An agreement has to be reached this week if the transfer is to go through.

“But if the deal doesn’t go through I am relaxed because I have offers from other clubs in Europe and Ecuador. It’s important to make the best decision for me.

“It would be very difficult to adapt to life in a country like Scotland, but with time I think I would be able to settle in.

“I’ve already done English lessons – not a lot, but I have learned enough.”

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Quintero is not the first Ecuadorian to fancy Celtic move

Quintero is the second Ecuadorian youth team member in the space of a few days to claim a move to Celtic is on. Last week, his international teammate Jose Cifuentes said he had a choice between Manchester City and Celtic this summer.

While Celtic may have just taken a fancy to the Ecuadorian under-20s team, it does seem a little far fetched that both are about to join this summer.

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You’re always worried about reporters wires getting crossed with things like this. Especially when there’s a language barrier between Ecuador and Scotland.

Are Celtic really likely to sign both players this summer? It seems very unlikely considering both are midfielders and we’re pretty well covered in that area of the pitch. It’s one to watch for sure, but don’t be getting too excited.