Celtic in pursuit of midfielder after sending out scouts

Celtic are reportedly tracking Uruguay midfielder Giorgian De Arrascaeta. The Cruzeiro playmaker made two appearances for his country at the World Cup .

He started Uruguay’s opening game against Egypt and also came off the bench in the Russia clash but couldn’t quite fit Óscar Tabárez’s 4-4-2 formation.

At 24, De Arrascaeta would suit Celtic ’s transfer profile, though. He almost joined Monaco in 2017 but couldn’t agree on a deal.

Now the Scottish champions are said to be monitoring the 24-year-old, who was scouted by Brendan Rodgers’ backroom staff at the Copa Libertadores earlier this year.

The player is contracted to Brazilian side Cruzeiro until 2021 and would command a sizeable transfer fee that would likely prove prohibitive for Celtic if they were indeed to go head-to-head with a Premier League side.

Hoops boss Rodgers is on the lookout for more attacking options after loanees Patrick Roberts and Charly Musonda returned to Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.