Pure Dead Brazilliant

The dust has settled after the summer transfer window and Celtic look to be building some momentum.

The players who were signed late in the window are starting to see more action and the manager’s style seems to be starting to click.

However, as always, the next transfer window is just around the corner and already the Hoops seem to be working on one very intriguing deal.

Despite an extremely busy recent transfer window, there was one gaping hole that has not yet been filled. The central midfield spot remains a subject of debate and an area that Celtic have had to look into. Currently, Celtic’s go-to midfield sees Callum McGregor dictating play in the number 6 position while traditional number 10s, Rogic and Turnbull play slightly ahead on either side of the middle. While both of the latter two players have shown flashes of brilliance, it is a difficult system to get the best out of both of them. Furthermore, it is restrictive for McGregor from an attacking point of view.

This morning, reports have come from Brazilian publication ge.global that Celtic have made contact with Gremio about the signing of Fernando Henrique. The young Brazilian is a box-to-box central midfielder known for his wide range of passing and tenacious ball winning. At just 20 years old, the youngster is being noticed in his homeland having made two appearances for Brazil’s u20 side.

It would be very much a project signing, which, in terms of signing midfielders in January, Celtic are well accustomed to with Eboue Kouassi and Ismaila Soro. The first of those simply didn’t work out and the second is currently falling way down the pecking order behind the likes of James McCarthy and Nir Bitton.

However, Henrique’s value on Transfermarkt.com suggests that Celtic could complete this one on the cheap.

It is extremely refreshing to see the Hoops exploring new markets rather than sticking to their usual agent buddies. New rules as a result of Brexit make these signings more straight forward than they once were.

This season, we have seen the success of Celtic’s venture into the Japanese market with Kyogo Furuhashi currently setting the world alight in green and white. The Celts will no doubt revisit the eastern market over the next couple of transfer windows. However, football is evolving and Celtic should be ensuring that they have contacts in every area of the world.

The signing of a young, promising Brazilian would highlight a real shift in Celtic’s transfer policy.

After Rafael Scheidt and Juninho…let’s hope it would be third time’s the Brazilian charm with Henrique.

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