Chelsea have decided that they will only allow Charly Musonda to join Celtic on a six-month loan deal, rather than the 18-month deal that has been suggested by the Scottish champions, according to a report.
Belgian news outlet HLN claims that Musonda, 21, has also decided that he would prefer a transfer to Spain in order to play for Leganes or a switch to Germany, but Chelsea would rather he stayed closer to home and move to Scotland to play for the Hoops.
It is understood that Leganes are prepared to pay all of Musonda’s £40,000-a-week wages for him to make the loan move to La Liga, however it appears that Celtic are closing in on a swoop for the Belgium Under-21 international.
The report says that the Bhoys are hopeful of completing a deal to sign the 21-year-old attacker within the coming days.
It is believed that Chelsea want to keep the attacking midfielder around for Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Newcastle United, so it may be that Brendan Rodgers gets his man on Monday.
Football Insider verdict
Musonda will be a very good signing for Celtic and his arrival on loan should really help Rodgers in winning a second domestic treble in a row. The Belgian would also be eligible to play in the Europa League for the Hoops, and that added quality should really help them against teams like Zenit. The Russians will be a very tough team to beat next month but if Rodgers has all his key men fit and firing, then that fixture could be very much winnable. A player like Musonda is a massive boost too as he boasts a lot of experience from working with Chelsea’s top players. Moving from a winning environment to another one should put him in good stead to make his loan a success.
In other Celtic news, a BBC pundit has made a bold claim about Rangers’ ability to chase down the Hoops.