Brendan Rodgers’ fabled pulling power could be tested to the max in the coming weeks.
While the Northern Irishman’s suave grin and smooth talking might have encouraged the likes of Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele to move north of the border, he may need more than that to convince two of English football’s most exciting talents to reject interest from elsewhere.
The nouveau-riche Bundesliga newcomers are on a startling upward trajectory. They were only promoted last season and are now preparing to enter Europe’s premiere club competition after storming to second place in the table.
And though their rather blatant sponsorship by a certain energy drink company may suggest they have spent their way to the stop, Leipzig have instead instilled a philosophy based around bringing together under-the-radar youngsters from across the continent.
Therefore, Solanke and Sancho, two of the most thrilling young attackers to emerge through the ranks of Chelsea and Manchester City, would be right at home alongside Oliver Burke, Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner in Germany.
Red Bull gives you wings
The Daily Record reported recently that Celtic were edging closer to a deal for Solanke, the 19-year-old forward available on a free after refusing a new deal at Stamford Bridge. And The Sun add that they could attempt to nab Sancho too, despite City offering the prospect an eye-watering £30,000-a-week contract.
However, although Celtic should be joining Leipzig in the Champions League next season if they negotiate the gruelling qualifying rounds, the exciting project and fearsome potential at the Bundesliga high-flyers means the Scottish giants could face one hell of a challenge luring the duo to Parkhead.