Ange Postecoglou may have Celtic on the cusp of taking the Scottish Premiership title, but he’s already planning ahead, with one eye on the summer.
According to a report in the athleticPostecoglou has “three priority recruitment goals” –
a ball-playing centre-back, a left-back and a right-winger are all on Postecoglou’s wish list.
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It will remain so no matter what the future holds for Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota.
When it comes to Carter-Vickers, who will be loaned out to Carter-Vickers, reports show that Celtic are close to a contract with him, having held advanced talks over the past week.
A report earlier in the month of the Scotsman claimed that Wolves, Burnley and Leicester City were all interested in Carter-Vickers.
However, journalist Pete O’Rourke also revealed that the 24-year-old had become a “priority” signing for Postecoglou and Celtic.
“I’m sure Celtic will hope to close this deal as soon as possible,” O’Rourke said GiveMeSport†
“They want it done before Premier League clubs might come in and offer more money for Carter-Vickers.
“I think closing this deal will be one of Postecoglou’s top priorities.”
As for Jota, should he leave Celtic, The daily recordreports that Ola Solbakken has been identified as a possible target to replace him.
THE LATEST ABOUT MAN UTD – FROM PHILLIPS TO ONE OF THE BEEK LIFELINE
Meanwhile, in EPL land, what is happening at Old Trafford will be another intriguing situation to follow in the off-season.
One of the main priorities at Manchester United is to strengthen the midfield and the athleticreports that this could really accelerate its stake in Kalvin Phillips.
United have long been associated with Phillips, but sources said: the athletic that United are investigating a transfer worth £50 million ($88 million).
For now, the report states that there has been no direct contact between the club or with Phillips, with discussions taking place through intermediaries.
West Ham’s Declan Rice was another option, although Phillips is seen as a more realistic target, despite his immense loyalty to Leeds.
In other news, Paul Pogba is expected to have many suitors when he leaves United as a free agent this summer.
The Telegraphreports that while the 29-year-old has not received any official offers, European heavyweights Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all ready to submit offers for his services.
However, they are waiting for the EPL season to be over as Pogba is also waiting for the end of the 2021-2022 season before approaching a team.
Elsewhere, United outcast Donny van de Beek receives a lifeline under new boss Erik ten Hag.
The 25-year-old came to Old Trafford with a lot of hype, having helped Ajaz to the semi-finals of the Champions League, with United paying £35million upfront and an extra £5million for him.
But Van de Beek struggled for form and playing time and was eventually loaned out to Everton.
The Telegraphreports that ten Hag will include van de Beek in the selection of Manchester United in the run-up to next season.
Ten Hag has previously been vocal in backing Van de Beek and also criticized United’s approach to the Holland international.
“Donny, I find that difficult. [It’s a] mortal sin”, de Volkskrant in December 2021.
“If you haven’t had a chance yet, development will also stagnate. Every now and then you encourage them.”
CHELSEA SEEN ‘BIG PROBLEMS’ WITH REAL MADRID TO SIGN RUDIGER
In other news, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits no one is happy with Antonio Rudiger leaving the club while Real Madrid will attack the Blues defender.
Rudiger’s contract will expire at the end of the season and having failed to reach an agreement with Chelsea, the 29-year-old is now taking offers from rivals.
Bayern Munich have spoken with Rudiger but are widely expected to sign a four-year deal with Real Madrid instead.
BBC Sportsreports that Rüdiger’s camp registration and brokerage fees were too much for Chelsea.
It goes without saying, however, that Tuchel is well aware of the magnitude of Rudiger’s loss.
“I don’t think anyone likes it,” he said.
“He gives everyone confidence in the dressing room. He is a unique character and plays at an excellent level. He sometimes draws attention to himself, he likes responsibility.
“I don’t think anyone likes this decision, but we have to accept it. Like it or not, there will be life at Chelsea after Toni. It’s also the most important thing for us that it ends the way it started, on the top level.”
Former Premier League striker Chris Sutton echoed Tuchel’s feelings BBC radio that Rudiger would be a “great loss”.
“Chelsea are in big trouble, there is so much uncertainty that will continue until there is a new owner,” he said.
Sutton further warned that the Blues could “lose other players”, raising concerns about their ability to compete for the title.
“I don’t see Chelsea competing next season with the uncertainty that is over them at the moment,” he said.
“They lose a top defender and that doesn’t bode well for them.”