Celtic linked with ambitious move for midfielder wanted by Juventus and Bayern

By John McGinley

January 7, 2021

Celtic are ‘keeping tabs’ on Leicester City midfield talent Sidnei Tavares.

The Sun report that Barcelona are currently leading the way when it comes to his potential transfer.

It’s said they’re preparing a January offer for the Portugal youth international.

However, according to the paper, Celtic, Juventus and Bayern Munich have all been following the 19-year-old.

The twist here is that Tavares’ current deal at the Foxes expires this summer. That means anyone is free to sign him up on a bargain pre-contract basis.

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Potential Celtic advantage

It’s not often Celtic would hold a transfer advantage over continental giants such as those named above.

However, in the case of Tavares, there is a glaring one that Celtic must leverage – the ability to offer regular first-team football.

The Bhoys have successfully aided the careers of Virgil van Dijk, Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele over the last decade, proving it can be a place for young talent to develop and make a name for themselves.

It would be hard for the Leicester City youth to turn down the likes of Barcelona, but Celtic looks a pretty good destination to an up and coming star.

Sidnei Tavares profile fits Celtic

With Scott Brown potentially on the edge of retirement and Olivier Ntcham having one foot out of the door, a central midfielder will be needed in the summer.

Tavares doesn’t have any senior experience to date but has been a regular for Leicester’s U18s and U23s sides over the past few years.

He’s proven himself to be a central creative talent.

Reported Celtic target Sidnei Tavares / (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

One of his most promising signs of progress came in the EFL Trophy this season when he scored and assisted in a 3-1 victory against Grimsby Town.

If huge sides are after him, the likelihood is he has significant talent and potential.

Could Celtic pull off a transfer coup here, much in the same way we did with Dembele at Fulham?

In other news, Odsonne Edouard isn’t seeking an immediate exit from Celtic despite changing agents.