Report: Celtic were leading Nick Powell chase but RB Leipzig could swoop

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers waves to the crowd at the final whistle as Celtic win 3-0 during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park on...

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic were reportedly interested in signing Wigan Athletic's Nick Powell but a move to the Bundesliga is on the cards now.

Nick Powell of Wigan Athletic during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match at DW Stadium on March 18, 2018 in Wigan, England.

After a run of four straight Championship defeats, there’s more bad news for Wigan Athletic to start the week. It is well documented that star man Nick Powell is out of contract at the end of this season and, according to TEAMtalk, he has turned down the chance to sign a new deal at the DW Stadium.

And there’s no shortage of interest.

TEAMtalk report that Celtic have been leading the chase to take Powell up to Scotland. And a switch to the Scottish Premiership would represent the most high-profile move of the 24-year-old’s career since he joined Manchester United as a teenager after a stellar spell at Crewe Alexandra.

 

The Sun claimed back in September too that Celtic were preparing to offer a lucrative contract in order to lure Powell to Parkhead with the former Hull City loanee seemingly set to be rewarded with a pay rise.

But TEAMtalk suggest that Celtic have now been handed a major blow. It is understood that Bundesliga high-flyers RB Leipzig want to land Powell on a pre-contract agreement and the report claims that a move to Germany will appeal to the gifted number 10.

Nick Powell of Manchester United celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on September 15,...

Leipzig’s Head of Recruitment Paul Mitchell, an esteemed talent spotter who worked at Southampton and Tottenham, is the driving force behind their interest in the Englishman. Premier League duo Brighton and Burnley are also understood to be interested.

Celtic and Leipzig have met twice in the Europa League group stages of late, Brendan Rodgers' men winning 2-1 at Parkhead on Thursday night.

Nick Powell of Wigan Athletic during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match at DW Stadium on March 18, 2018 in Wigan, England.

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