Celtic and Leeds United linked wonderkid Michal Karbownik is a rare talent who could be worth £60 million very soon, former Poland international Tomasz Hajto has told Café Futbol, translated by Polsat Sport.
Like Liverpool’s develish number ’66’, Karbownik is a full-back who might just have a future in an altogether different role – a more advanced, forward-thinking one.
The 19-year-old sensation has exploded onto the scene this season, setting up eight goals in the colours Legia Warsaw while his supreme technical ability have drawn comparisons with both Joshua Kimmich and Marco Verratti.
Whether the rampaging left-back evolves into an influential ‘number six’ remains to be seen.
But, with a potential move to Leeds on the cards, who better than Marcelo Bielsa to unlock his fearsome potential?
Sport suggests that Karbownik could end up at Elland Road on loan, with Manchester City perhaps taking the Jack Harrison route if they win the race for his sought-after signature.
The Poland U19 international is valued at £10 million right now but, according to a man who knows him well, that fee could soar in the years to come if he continues to develop at such an alarming rate.
“Karbownik is a footballer who can move to the top league in Europe,” Hajto claims. “I like this boy more and more from match to match.
“I don’t remember having seen a boy of 19 for the last 15-20 years who plays at this level. In such a big club, he takes responsibility.
“If he continues to develop in this way, then the sum could be £50-60 million in his next transfer.”
Celtic have also been linked, via the Daily Record, though they too might be relying on Man City snapping up yet another of Europe’s most promising youngsters with Filip Krastev and Pablo Moreno already heading to the Etihad.
The 2019 Premier League champions have loaned Daniel Arzani, Patrick Roberts, Jason Denayer and John Guidetti to Celtic in recent years.
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