Talleres President says Celtic target Hincapie in advanced talks with Serie A outfit

By Euan Davidson

June 25, 2021

Celtic target Piero Hincapie is in advanced talks with an unnamed Serie A club, according to his current team’s President.

Andrés Fassi, President of Club Atlético Talleres de Argentina, made the claim to Spanish outlet Eldes Marque. Hincapie, 19, has been linked with a series of top clubs. PSG, Juventus, Real Betis and Real Madrid have all been named as potential suitors, along with Celtic [Mundo Deportivo].

Fassi said [Eldes Marque]:

“[Hancapie is in] very advanced with a team from Italy.

“We will see how we progress next week.

“[Hincapie] is already made for European football.”

This’ll be a blow to Celtic supporters. Hincapie is undoubtedly a star in the making, but any potential transfer would be tricky. Talleres only own 50% of the Ecuador star’s rights. A highlight in the country’s Copa America campaign, Mundo Deportivo suggest it would take at least £8.6m to sign the player outright [Mundo Deportivo].

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It’s certainly interesting to see a club president flaunt a player’s availability so readily. For one thing, he’s only been with Talleres for a single season, having been signed from Independiente de Valle’s youth academy in August 2020 [Transfermarkt].

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If we do manage to somehow land the 19-year-old Ecuadorian international, it would be a sizeable coup. Serie A is an attractive league. Some of the world’s best defenders were either raised in or brought to the Italian top-flight. Equally, interest from the European elite dictates that this would be a hard move to pull off, regardless.

Piero Hincapie, Ecuador starlet / (Photo by Martin Rose – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Yet, it’s a step in the right direction, isn’t it? Along with Aaron Hickey, it at least appears that the club are looking to young, exciting talents to freshen the squad. That definitely builds optimism more than a move for an ex-player. The reaction to Erik Sviatchenko’s potential signing spoke volumes.

That Celtic are even in these conversations shows something. It has to be based on scouts of our club’s being spotted, or on information of some form.

It’s not over yet, of course. We know all about contract negotiations having last-minute hiccups, after all. However, as talented as Hincapie is, and as elevated as the hype is around him, it never really seemed totally on for the Bhoys.

You never know, but it’s safe to say this rumour is probably in its dying embers.

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