Report: Rodgers in talks with Chelsea's Fankaty Dabo, wants 20-year-old as first Celtic signing

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

Celtic are reportedly moving for Chelsea defender Fankaty Dabo.

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press ConferenceCeltic - Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

According to The Sun, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has opened talks with former club Chelsea about signing full back Fankaty Dabo this summer.

The Bhoys announced Rodgers as their new manager last weekend before unveiling him on Monday, and he will be hoping to assess his squad quickly ahead of the summer transfer window.

Chelsea's Fankaty DaboChelsea's Fankaty Dabo

However, reports suggest that Rodgers could have some transfer targets in mind already, with the Daily Mail suggesting Sunderland striker Danny Graham is one player on Rodgers' radar - and now The Sun claim that talks have been opened with Chelsea about a deal for one of their young players.

It's believed that Rodgers has been speaking to his former club about a deal for right back Fankaty Dabo, with a potential season-long loan move in the pipeline.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceNew Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during press conference

Dabo, 20, was originally a winger before converting to play at right back, and has been a regular for Chelsea in their youth and reserve teams - but has yet to make his first-team debut.

An England youth international with the Under-16's, Under-17's and Under-20's, Dabo is highly-rated and with Chelsea looking to loan him out, a move to Celtic - where he would play in Europe - could be beneficial, whilst trusting former Blues coach Rodgers to develop him may also work in the Bhoys' favour.

Tottenham's Filip Lesniak in action against Chelsea's Fankaty Dabo (R)Tottenham's Filip Lesniak in action against Chelsea's Fankaty Dabo (R)

Dabo - who can also play for Sierra Leone - may be tipped for a bright future but a move to Celtic would bring up questions about the future of some existing Celtic players.

The Bhoys already have three right backs in Mikael Lustig, Saidy Janko and Darnell Fisher, so adding another into the mix in Dabo may mean that one or possible two of those players could be leaving Celtic this summer, with Rodgers allegedly pressing ahead with a deal for Dabo.

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