Report: Celtic fighting it out to sign Noa Lang; loan-to-buy at £6.3m
Celtic are interested in signing Ajax winger Noa Lang this summer, outlet Goal has reported today.
The website states that the Scottish champions are in for the breakthrough talent, alongside European clubs such as Real Sociedad, Villarreal and Hertha Berlin.
Lang made a stunning impact at the Dutch giants last season, becoming the first Ajax player in 60 years to net a hat-trick on his first league start for the club (BBC).
His progress has slowed since then and he spent part of last season out on loan at FC Twente, though that move was obviously hampered by the ongoing global pandemic.
Now it looks like the Bhoys are keen on landing him.
Goal journalist Ronan Murphy has since reported Celtic want him on a loan-to-buy deal, potentially for €7m (£6.3m).
Celtic are looking to sign Ajax's Noa Lang on loan with a purchase obligation. Hertha, Sociedad, Villarreal interested in a permanent deal. Fee is believed to be around €7-8m. #CelticFC #hahohe #AFCAjax #Villarreal #AurreraReala
— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) August 25, 2020
Lang has made just 13 appearances for Ajax in total, but three of those have come in the Champions League. He’s netted four goals in that period.
Now 21, he’s extensively featured for their youth sides and made 47 appearances for their U21s, scoring 12 and assisting another 12 (Transfermarkt).
Celtic badly need viable competition in the wing areas for Mohamed Elyounoussi and James Forrest, while Lang has the ability to play on both flanks.
Only Karamoko Dembele and Mikey Johnston are available as natural wide options to Neil Lennon, who was forced into starting Ryan Christie on the right-wing against Dundee United.
A young emerging talent like Lang, who wouldn’t necessarily be a guarantee to start every match, could be just what we need this season.
Celtic have also been consistently linked with Atletico Madrid youngster Rodrigo Riquelme this summer, so it would appear there are feelers out there when it comes to bringing in a winger for depth.