By Dr Dan Plumley

15th Jun, 2022 | 7:00am

Finance guru: Celtic face 'difficult' talks with Man City chiefs as Vinicius Souza deal on cards

Vinicius Souza’s part ownership by Man City overlords City Football Group will make it more difficult for Celtic to seal his signature.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Hoops’ reported pursuit of the Brazilian midfield anchor.

The 22-year-old, who spent 2021-22 on loan at KV Mechelen, is under contract at Belgian side Lommel SK until 2025.

Lommel fall under the City Football Group umbrella, and the Daily Mail reported last Friday (10 June) that Vinicius is 60 per cent owned by the multi-club operation.

It is also claimed that Celtic are fighting Fenerbahce, Club Brugge and Bologna to secure his signature.

Plumley explained why split player ownership complicates negotiations.

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“It makes talks more difficult in the sense that there is another party to negotiate with,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“It doesn’t make things impossible but it does put another hurdle in the way because you’re dealing with the selling club plus City Football Group and their vested interests as well.

There are simply more people in the mix. They have to get around that and deal with it as it comes.

“If you have any more than 51 per cent of a player, you have direct control. It’s about how you get things done and changes that are made.

“If you have 100 per cent, what you say goes. Anything less than that and there are other stakeholders to consider.”

Vinicius scored twice and laid on one assist in 35 outings in 2021-22.

He is capable of playing as a centre-back as well as a midfielder.

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