Ange Postecoglou may have Celtic on the verge of winning the Scottish Premiership title, but he is already planning ahead, with one eye on the summer.
According to a report in AthleticismPostecoglou has “three priority recruiting targets” —
a ball-playing centre-back, left-back and right-winger are all on Postecoglou’s wishlist.
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That will remain the case no matter what the future holds for Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota.
As for Carter-Vickers, on loan from Tottenham, reports suggest Celtic are close to signing him on a permanent basis after holding advanced talks over the past week.
A report earlier in the month of The Scottish claimed Wolves, Burnley and Leicester City were all interested in Carter-Vickers.
Journalist Pete O’Rourke has also revealed the 24-year-old has become a ‘priority’ signing for Postecoglou and Celtic.
“I’m sure Celtic hope to complete this deal as soon as possible,” O’Rourke said. GiveMeSport.
“They will want this done before maybe the Premier League clubs can come in and offer Carter-Vickers more money.
“I think it will be one of Postecoglou’s top priorities to get this deal done.”
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 ON MAN UTD – FROM PHILLIPS TO A VAN DE BEEK LIFELINE
Meanwhile, in EPL land, what happens at Old Trafford will be another intriguing off-season situation to watch.
One of Manchester United’s main priorities will be to strengthen their midfield and Athleticismreports that his interest in Kalvin Phillips could really pick up steam as a result.
United have long been linked with Phillips, but sources have said Athleticism that United are considering a transfer worth £50m ($88m).
At the moment, the report claims that there has been no direct contact between the club or with Phillips, with talks taking place through intermediaries.
West Ham’s Declan Rice was another option, although Phillips was seen as a more realistic target, even despite his immense loyalty to Leeds.
In other news, Paul Pogba is expected to have plenty of suitors as he leaves United as a free agent this summer.
The telegraphreports that while the 29-year-old hasn’t received any official offers, European heavyweights Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all ready to put forward offers for his services.
They are waiting for the end of the EPL season, as Pogba is also waiting for the end of the 2021-22 campaign before approaching the teams.
Elsewhere, United pariah Donny van de Beek should get a lifeline under new boss Erik ten Hag.
The 25-year-old came to Old Trafford with a lot of hype, having helped Ajaz progress to the Champions League semi-finals, with United paying £35m upfront and £5m extra for him.
But Van de Beek struggled for form and playing time, eventually being offloaded to Everton on loan.
The telegraphreport that ten Hag is set to include van de Beek in the Manchester United squad ahead of next season.
Ten Hag has previously backed van de Beek while criticizing United’s approach to the Holland international.
“Donny, I find this hard. [It’s a] mortal sin,” from Volkskrant in December 2021.
“If you haven’t had the chance yet, development will also be stalled. From time to time, you encourage them.
CHELSEA FACES ‘BIG PROBLEMS’ WITH REAL MADRID TO SIGN RUDIGER
In other news, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits nobody is happy with Antonio Rudiger’s departure from the club, with Real Madrid ready to pounce on the Blues defender.
Rudiger’s contract expires at the end of the season and having failed to agree with Chelsea, the 29-year-old is now accepting offers from his rivals.
Bayern Munich have spoken with Rudiger but he is expected to sign a four-year contract with Real Madrid instead.
BBC Sportsreports that Rudiger’s camp signing and agent fees were too high for Chelsea.
It goes without saying, however, that Tuchel is well aware of the extent of Rudiger’s loss.
“I don’t think anyone likes it,” he said.
“He gives confidence to everyone in the locker room. He is a unique character and plays at an exceptional level. He sometimes takes the focus towards 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 happens. ends as it began, at the highest level.
Former Premier League striker Chris Sutton echoed Tuchel’s sentiments, telling BBC radio that Rudiger would be a “big loss”.
“Chelsea are in big trouble, there is so much uncertainty that will continue until a new owner is in place,” he said.
Sutton went on to warn that the Blues “could lose other players”, raising concerns over their ability to compete for the title.
“I don’t see Chelsea competing next season with the uncertainty hanging over them at the moment,” he said.
“They are losing a top defender and that doesn’t bode well for them.”