Celtic have been linked with a move for Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Souza this week as the Hoops step up their efforts to strengthen their squad ahead of next season.

The transfer window is now officially open and the bhoys are due back to Lennoxtown at the end of the month.

According to MailSport chief, Stephen McGowan, Celtic are hot on the trail of Vinicius who is 60% owned by City group, the company that owns Man City and a network of other clubs including Yokohama Marinos, where Ange came from.

Souza, 22, is a defensive midfielder who is currently playing football in Belgium. Owned by Lommell SK, the player was loaned out to FC Mechelen last season.

Ange Postecoglou wants midfield reinforcements after losing both Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic at the end of last season.

Vinicius was trained in Brazil and came through the ranks at Flamengo before his move to Europe.

McGowan also reports the midfielder is wanted by a host of other clubs, including Fenerbahce, Club Brugge and Bologna. Celtic’s Champions League appeal and new head of recruitment Mark Lawwell’s ties to the City group could give Celtic the edge.


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