Celtic are plotting a second bid for Paris Saint-Germain left-back Mitchel Bakker before October’s transfer deadline, The Daily Record has reported on Sunday.
As we discussed on Saturday, the Bhoys had an initial approach knocked back by the French giants, who were said to still be open to a loan switch.
Now, an improved offer looks set to be on its way to the Champions League finalists, as Celtic search for a Boli Bolingoli replacement at left-back.
The Belgian has been frozen out of first-team proceedings at the Bhoys after his secret trip to Spain in breach of pandemic protocols and Neil Lennon badly needs competition for Greg Taylor.
Bakker doesn’t have much senior experience but is already making a positive impression at PSG, impressing his manager Thomas Tuchel in his initial appearances for the club.
After his first start, Tuchel told RMC Sport: “He played very well. It was his first appearance as a starter. He was very, very good. I have to say that he was very reliable, very focused. It was a good performance.”
The Dutch U21 squad member has made five appearances in total for the club but two of those have been in national cup finals, in winning teams against St Etienne and Lyon.
Not a bad haul for a 20-year-old and an indication he could make a similarly successful impact in the Scottish Premiership with Celtic.
With a quality football education at Ajax also in his history, the Bhoys could be on to a real winner even if he only joins on loan for the season.
Hopefully the negotiation team at the Scottish champions can find more success with their next offer to PSG and land another quality signing in this transfer window.