Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca di Marzio reports that Sampdoria are leading the chase for Celtic target Alex Collado after making contact with his representatives about a loan move.

It’s said that Barcelona are open to a loan-to-buy proposition, but could include a buy-back clause if the switch becomes permanent.

It was reported by The Scottish Daily Mail this morning (23/09 print edition, back page) that Celtic Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond had identified the winger as a potential acquisition before next month’s deadline.

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Collado is recovering from a metatarsal injury but had an impressive 2019/20 season with Barcelona’s B side, scoring five goals and assisting five more.

Alex Collado made his Barcelona debut last season

Celtic target Alex Collado / (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

That was worth a short La Liga appearance for the first-team against Valencia in January.

He would then go on to make the bench in 11 further senior matches, training with Barca’s biggest stars.

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That suggests he has the talent to make an impact at Celtic, who should be looking for a bit more depth beyond James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi on the flanks.

Collado ticks plenty of boxes and at 21 has the potential to improve and develop when at Celtic Park.

Barcelona youngster Alex Collado

Celtic target Alex Collado / (Photo by Eric Alonso/MB Media/Getty Images)

However, if Hammond and Neil Lennon truly want him then they’ll need to move quick, with the Serie A side apparently intent on stealing a march on rivals and making their move for the prospect.

With other European sides also said to be keen, it would be quite the coup if we could attract him to Glasgow before October 5th.

Watch this space.

In other news, Celtic fans are delighted with Kerr McInroy’s loan move to Dunfermline.

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