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Defender Ko Itakura is now expected to leave Manchester City before the end of the transfer window amid interest from Celtic.

That’s according to The Express, who claim that the Olympic Games are slowing down some potential transfers.

Itakura has been back home in Japan in these Olympic Games, and started in Tuesday’s semi-final defeat to Spain.

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That means his tournament is now over, and Itakura is expected to leave City either on loan or permanently in the coming weeks.

Celtic are keen to sign Itakura, and boss Ange Postecoglou may well know all about him from his time in Japan.

Whilst Postecoglou was managing Yokohama F. Marinos, Itakura was turning out for Kawasaki Frontale and Vegalta Sendai, earning his 2019 move for Manchester City.

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Celtic have already landed one Japanese international in Kyogo Furuhashi, and they could do it again by signing Itakura too.

The 6ft 1in defender starred in two seasons on loan at Groningen in the Netherlands, earning praise for being ‘incredibly fast’.

With Itakura’s Olympic Games now over, let’s see if Celtic firm up their interest and make a move.

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