Report: Celtic and Stoke-linked Zakaria Bakkali flew to Valencia on Sunday

PSV Eindhoven

Zakaria Bakkali has been linked with a move to Celtic and Stoke City.

According to Spanish publication AS, PSV Eindhoven youngster Zakaria Bakkali has touched down in Valencia ahead of a likely transfer to the La Liga giants on Monday.

The 19-year-old winger is widely regarded as one of the best young players in Holland, though after refusing to renew a deal in Eindhoven he spent the past 12 months playing for the reserves.

His contract with the Dutch champions is now up, and reports in The Herald state Celtic’s interest in signing him whereas the Potters are also credited as a potential suitor, as per the Stoke Sentinel.

However, it appears the British duo are set to miss out as fresh reports from Spain reveal the player is currently in Valencia where he is expected to sign a deal at the Mestalla stadium.

The report follows the player himself admitting only four days via cryptic comments made to SoccerNews, Bakkali stating on his next move: “It could be Valencia or Sevilla. Or something else.”

What are Celtic and Stoke City set to miss out on?

The one-capped Belgian international is a phenomenal talent, becoming the youngest player in history to net an Eredivisie hat-trick achieved in a 5-0 win over NEC Nijmegen in 2013.

The diminutive winger quick, skilful and determined and given the right type of coaching, has all the potential to go on and become of the finest wide men in Europe.

That said, he evidently has a bit of naivety about him and his spat with PSV came about due to his refusal to move to Atletico Madrid, before then deciding against signing a new contract.

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