Celtic eyeing Aliou Traore swoop

Neil Lennon

Celtic are one of a number of teams really interested in signing Aliou Traore this summer.

The midfielder has been at the centre of exit talk in the last 24 hours, with the 19-year-old facing a departure from Manchester United.

Traore is catching the attention of Celtic's Old Firm rivals Rangers, as well as Benfica according to French Football.

It's thought that the teenager wants to continue his career in Portugal, already dealing a potential blow to Neil Lennon's plans of luring him to Glasgow. 

Compared to Paul Pogba in the past, Traore is a player with a big future ahead of them, previously coming through the youth academy at PSG - a route familiar to Odsonne Edouard.

No fee is mentioned but with just a year remaining on his current deal at Old Trafford, he could be available on the cheap.

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Traore is a promising young football and if the Pogba comparisons are anything to go by, he'd be an exciting capture for the Hoops.

The United youngster is a box to box midfielder, capable of fighting off players energetically as well as finding the back of the net. In Premier League 2 this term, he has four goals in 14 appearances.

After signing for the Red Devils in 2017, one coach, Kieran McKenna, gave him a glowing review: “He is a really powerful midfielder who likes to run box to box. He is very strong technically and is improving all the time." 

Coincidentally, this sounds rather a lot like the words Oliver Ntcham used to describe himself when he arrived at Celtic Park: "I am a box-to-box midfielder and a strong, physical player. I always play like that," he disclosed.

Ntcham is also relatively young at the age of just 24 but it's a frightening thought to think of two players built like that playing in the same team, especially if they provide goals too.

The current Celtic midfielder has eight strikes to his name this term, but also spent large spells out injured. If he struggles for fitness, Traore could well surpass him in the side.

The goal, however, would surely be to get them playing next to each other.

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