Manchester City's decision to sign Valencia's star defender and Argentine international, Nicoloas Otamendi, could result in Jason Denayer being loaned out for the forthcoming season. Denayer, who earned his first Belgium cap in a 4-3 victory over France earlier this year, is a player full of potential and one that Manuel Pellegrini sees as Vincent Kompany's long-term replacement.
If Denayer were to go on loan as anticipated, one might wonder; where?
There have been several clubs who have a keen interest in taking the young Belgian away from City, including Lyon and numerous Championship clubs.
However, the club that would have the upper-hand in luring the centre-back away from City for the season ahead would be Scottish Champions, Celtic. Denayer spent last year on loan to Ronny Deila's side and forged a formidable partnership with the strongly courted Virgil Van Dijk.
Indeed, over a very successful spell, 20 year-old Denayer played with a maturity and knowledge of the game well beyond his tender years. In his first year playing full-time football, he managed to scoop SPFA Young Player of the year in Scotlands top division and also looked very assured during Celtic's Europa League campaign.
The City starlet was part of a defence that managed to keep 20 clean sheets and conceded just 17 times in 38 league matches. In total, he played 44 times for Ronny Deila's double-winning side and scored six goals.
Deila was very keen to extend the deal that saw the defender at the Bhoys for a full season, but it was not to be as Pellegrini said that he was happy enough with his progress and wanted him to return to Manchester and push for a first-team spot.
Now though, it looks as if the Chilean wants more options heading into another season battling in the Premier League, and in Europe. The recent purchase of Eliaquim Mangala has not been one that appears to bear any fruit, and with Pellegrini unsure, Otamendi looks to be the player that has caught his eye.
Otamendi's arrival would surely mean that City will look to give Denayer the game time he needs to further develop; which means another loan stint. This would definitely interest the Parkhead club, and put them in pole position, as they are one play-off tie away from reaching Europe's golden ticketed event in the Champions League.
No doubt, (if Celtic make it) this would please Pellegrini to know that he can send the defender to a Champions League club, and also one that he knows and admires.
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