Why Karim Rekik could be a smart summer signing for Celtic

Celtic would be wise to move for a talented Dutch defender before it is too late.

According to a report from the Manchester Evening News, Jason Denayer’s fine recent form means the Blues are set to sell Karim Rekik this summer.

The 20-year-old centre-back has been on loan at Dutch club PSV Eindhoven for the last two season, where he has played an impressive 69 times. But with the claim that City will cash in on him this summer could he be the perfect addition to Celtic’s squad?

Celtic have developed an effective working relationship with City in recent times, taking both Denayer and John Guidetti on loan last season and recently signing Dedryck Boyata on a permanent deal.

But with doubts remaining over the future of fellow centre-back Virgil van Dijk, the Bhoys may have to dip back into the transfer market for another defender or two in the months ahead.

According to a recent report from the Chronicle Live, Premier League clubs Sunderland and Norwich City are both interested in signing van Dijk, with a fee in the region of £8million being mentioned.

As canny as the signing of Boyata was to replace Denayer, if Celtic lose van Dijk they will have to do it all over again, so what chance Rekik arriving?

He would certainly be an effective option having proved himself for two years in Holland. Much like Denayer, Rekik moved on loan as a teenager but quickly became a first-team regular, featuring 31 times for PSV in his first season and 38 times in his second year there.

He also has experience playing in the Champions League qualifying stage – something that Celtic will soon have to navigate – while he was a regular in PSV’s Europa League campaigns and he helped his side to the Eredivisie title last season.

While the MEN claims Marseille are interested in Rekik, Celtic may be wise to act fast to sign a player who has huge potential that has also been recognised by his country, with the 20-year-old already capped once for the Netherlands.

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