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Celtic after midfielder Vinicius Souza, who is 60 per cent owned by the City Football Group

EXCLUSIVE: Celtic are chasing Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Souza, who is 60 per cent owned by the City Football Group, but faces competition from players like Fenerbache and Bologna

  • Celtic is one of several clubs interested in signing Brazil’s Vinicius Souza
  • The 22-year-old is 60 percent owned by the City Football Group
  • Celtic has scheduled talks with the Brazilian’s representatives
  • Boss Ange Postecoglou is on the market for midfielders in the transfer window

Celtic have been added to the list of clubs pursuing Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Souza.

The 22-year-old is 60 per cent owned by City Football Group, Manchester City’s parent company from which Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou and head of recruitment Mark Lawwell have hired.

Posted to Lommel – the Belgian club of the City Group – Souza impressed during a seasonal loan at KV Mechelen.

Celtic is one of the clubs representing Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Souza.  Chase

Celtic is one of the clubs representing Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Souza. Chase

Celtic are expected to be loaned out again next season and have scheduled talks with the Brazilian’s representatives.

Fenerbahce, Club Brugge and Bologna have also expressed interest, with the Scottish champions facing a battle to convince the former Flamengo central midfielder that his immediate future lies with the SPFL.

Postecoglou is on the market for midfielders after Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic left Glasgow at the end of the season, with Metz’s Kevin N’Doram another option.

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is on the market for midfielders in the summer

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is on the market for midfielders in the summer

Former Dundee United keeper Benjamin Siegrist, who is keen to strengthen in a number of areas, is in talks with the champions following the departure of Greek international Vasilis Barkas.

Left-back is also a priority, with Argentinean Francisco Ortega and Hammarby’s Mohanad Jeahze the subject of positive scouting reports.

Celtic are also hoping to secure permanent deals for winger Jota and centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers and remain in the market for another ball-playing centre-back and striker.

Tom Rogic is one of the players who have left Celtic and the club are hoping to replace him

Tom Rogic is one of the players who have left Celtic and the club are hoping to replace him

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