Scottish Premiership champions Celtic are reportedly interested in signing Club America’s Mexico international Edson Alvarez.
Celtic fans might have thought that they had found Dedryck Boyata’s replacement when Nacion Deportes claimed last week that the Hoops were planning to sign Mexican international Edson Alvarez.
The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the most promising young centre-backs around while playing in his homeland for Club America.
Blessed with composure, intelligent positioning and aerial ability, Alvarez appeared to have the potential and skill-set to fill the void left by Boyata when the Belgian’s contract expires in the summer.
But, after an unexpected and rather successful positional switch, could Alvarez be the new Scott Brown instead?
The 2018 World Cup star has flourished since being moved into the centre of the park in recent weeks for both club and country, with Alvarez’s excellent passing range, ability to win back possession and impressive stamina appearing to make him an effective all-round midfielder.
In fact, he was the only player to start both Mexico’s friendly clashes during the March international break, standing out again in his new role.
With 33-year-old Brown entering the autumn of his trophy-laden career, a young, energetic and versatile option like Alvarez could be very useful for a Celtic side needing to transition from the old to the new.