Report: Departed Celtic loanee Diego Laxalt interesting Porto and Besiktas

By David Walton

June 1, 2021

Former Celtic loanee Diego Laxalt looks set to land on his feet as he prepares for his next move.

Respected Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio claims that both Porto and Besiktas are eyeing up moves for the left-back after his stint at Parkhead.

It’s been reported that both clubs are looking to find out how much Laxalt would cost before making an offer. However, di Marzio believes both will present offers to the Uruguayan and AC Milan in the next few days.

Celtic don’t look set to enter the market to bring Laxalt back to Parkhead this summer. Even taking away the fact that we currently have no manager in place, Laxalt’s time in Scotland ended in dismal fashion with him out the team and struggling to impress.

It had been reported back at the start of his loan spell in Glasgow that Milan wanted as much as £9million for him [Sky Sports]. It remains to be seen if that changes given his struggles this term.

Diego Laxalt could join Porto or Besiktas – stock remains high

During his time at Celtic, Laxalt managed to rack up as many as 26 appearances [Transfermarkt]. However, despite starting off in impressive fashion, he quickly found himself ousted by Greg Taylor. Even when he won his spot back again, it wasn’t long before he was dropped in the final games of the campaign.

Diego wasn’t a poor footballer. In fact, when he joined the club he looked a real find. He was putting in aggressive, high-tempo performances that even had UEFA taking notice of his displays. He looked a vital cog of the Celtic machinery this season.

However, for me, he suffered under bad management at the football club. We can all agree that so many players regressed this season under the previous regime. There’s no point hanging Laxalt out to dry and stating he’s a poor player based on the disaster that was this season.

Former Celtic defender Diego Laxalt / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We all know that the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Kris Ajer, and Callum McGregor aren’t poor players. But they’ve been made to look woefully poor a times this season. Laxalt was another victim of that.

The fact there are still high-quality interested parties in him proves he’s shown them something. Both clubs will be playing Champions League football next season too, so he may even feel he’s taking a step up.

It’ll be interesting to see how he performs next year, that’s for sure. Was this season truly a one-off? Or does he have a lot more to show? Time will tell.

In other news, the Celtic supporters have been left excited by the latest report regarding our summer rebuild.