West Ham should rival Celtic for young playmaker Brahim Diaz

Brahim Diaz of Manchester City holds off pressure from Blas Riveros of FC Basel  during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Manchester City and FC Basel at...

Celtic have signed two Manchester City players under Brendan Rodgers.

Gabriel Jesus, Brahim Diaz and Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebratres after the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on May 13, 2018 in...

Premier League side West Ham United are reportedly interested in Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz, but he would surely be Celtic's perfect summer signing.

The Hoops have done plenty of business with City in recent years, signing Patrick Roberts on loan from Pep Guardiola's side as well as Olivier Ntcham, who joined the club for £4.5million last summer.

Brendan Rodgers is likely to be in the market for new attacking talent this summer, after Roberts returned to City following his two and a half years north of the border. Charly Musonda has also cut short his 18-month loan from Chelsea.

Scott Brown and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers are seen during the Scott Brown testimonial match between Celtic and Republic of Ireland XI at Celtic Park on May 20, 2018 in Glasgow,...

Celtic need a playmaker that can play in the number 10 role and out wide, with Stuart Armstrong's future also in doubt as a handful of Premier League clubs reportedly circle.

Roberts and Ntcham have been huge successes since moving to Celtic, and that should tempt Rodgers into raiding City again - this time for West Ham target Diaz, who the Sun claim is interesting former City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Making his debut for City in September 2016 under Guardiola, 18-year-old Diaz has since gone on to make 11 senior appearances for City - 10 of which came throughout the 2017-18 campaign.

Patrick Roberts of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

He has also starred in City's Under-23 side, scoring six goals and adding four assists in 13 Premier League 2 games and four UEFA Youth League outings.

The Spain Under-19 international boasts huge technical ability, whether that be from out wide or in the middle of a three and has been likened to Barcelona's Lionel Messi by City Under-18 star Ed Francis in an interview with Goal.

Diaz would be the perfect replacement for Roberts, helping Celtic in their bid to achieve a third successive treble and reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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