Paris Saint-Germain youngster Mitchell Bakker would be a ‘great signing’ for Celtic, former Scottish Premiership ace Tam McManus has told PLZ Soccer.
The Glasgow giants might have invested over £5 million in new left-backs just last year, but it seems that Neil Lennon’s side will have no choice but to enter the market once again little over 12 months on.
Boli Bolingoli appears to have one foot out the door following a disastrous 2020 on and off the pitch while Greg Taylor perhaps lacks the adventurous, attacking streak required for a full-back in a team who monopolize possession on a weekly basis.
Sky claim that Celtic have made a loan bid for 20-year-old Bakker, a versatile Dutch youth international who has already represented both Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain in his short career.
And the fact that the youngster is very highly-rated not only in Amsterdam but also at a club who reached the Champions League final as recently as August has convinced McManus that Bakker could fill a void in Lennon’s squad.
“He is amongst the first-team squad (at PSG),” McManus explains. “He would be a great signing for Celtic if they can get him over the line.”
“This guy has great pedigree. PSG signed him from Ajax just last season – he is competing in a wonderful side.”
Thus far, the Ligue 1 champions have shown little interest in allowing Bakker to leave. But, with Juan Bernat and Layvin Kurzawa blocking the pathway to first-team football under Thomas Tuchel, there is still time for PSG to change their mind.
Speaking to NOS, however, Bakker admitted that he is yet to hear from Celtic personally.
Celtic’s record transfer sales
£25 million (Arsenal)
£19.7 million (Lyon)
£12.5 million (Southampton)
Virgil van Dijk
£11.5 million (Southampton)
£10 million (Southampton)