Celtic must sign €40 million Arsenal player on loan this summer

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Celtic are expected to have a busy summer transfer window. The club have not been great this season. At no point have their performances or results convinced, and there has been no sign of gradual improvement over the course of the campaign under the management of Brendan Rodgers. It is quite clear that reinforcements need to be brought in.

One area where Celtic might be weakened in the summer is midfield. Matt O'Riley has arguably been Celtic's best player this season but it feels like only a matter of time before he leaves. Atletico Madrid tried to sign him in January and he has also been linked with Inter Milan as well as several Premier League clubs.

On the other hand, Paulo Bernardo is only on loan from Benfica for the season. There is believed to be a €7.5 million buyout option in his deal and it remains to be seen if Celtic end up signing him permanently or not.

So, it is very possible that Celtic could be in need of starters in midfield ahead of next season. While it is always ideal to sign players permanently, one cannot overlook the value of a good loan deal. Just look at the Rangers. Abdallah Sima, of Brighton & Hove Albion, has been their best performer.

Celtic must sign €40 million Arsenal player on loan this summer

Celtic should keep an eye on potential loan deals next summer. And one player who could become available is Fabio Vieira of Arsenal.

Vieira joined Arsenal in the summer of 2022 in a €40 million deal from FC Porto. But things have not gone his way since then. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has made 15 appearances this season, scoring 2 goals and providing 4 assists.

Vieira has started just twice in the Premier League in this campaign. Of course, one could point towards his spell on the sidelines as the reason. But then, last season he was only able to make three starts in the English top flight.

The 23-year-old clearly needs to be playing more regular football at this stage of his career. And Celtic could provide him with just that opportunity.