Spanish press: Jonathas will leave Elche this summer amid Celtic speculation

Elche striker Jonathas will reportedly 'say goodybe' to the club this weekend.

According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Elche striker Jonathas will leave the club at the end of the season amid speculation over his future.

Jonathas, 26, has had a somewhat nomadic career so far, featuring for Cruzeiro, AZ Alkmaar, Brescia, Pescara, Torino, Latina and now Elche, where he has enjoyed some success.

The Brazilian hitman has racked up 12 goals and seven assists in just 33 La Liga games this term, enjoying his season-long loan spell with Elche.

Now though, Jonathas is set to return to parent club Pescara in Italy, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that Jonathas is set to say goodbye to the Elche supporters this weekend when they take on Athletic Bilbao in their final home game of the season.

With Elche in financial meltdown, as reported here by Inside Spanish Football, the club have virtually no chance of being able to afford a permanent deal for Jonathas - particularly after his exploits this season.

One of the teams no doubt interested by Jonathas' alleged departure will be Celtic, after Sky Sports pundit Graham Hunter revealed that the Bhoys are interested in signing the powerful striker this summer.

Ronny Deila will be in the market for another centre forward this summer, with loan striker John Guidetti set to leave the club at the end of the season - and with an alleged interested in Jonathas, Celtic have been given encouragement by his supposed plans to leave Elche.

Other clubs are also likely to be interested after his successful season, but having told the Daily Record that he's aware of just how big Celtic are, Deila has a great chance of landing him this summer.

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