By Russell Edge

27th Jan, 2018 | 7:57am

Report: Celtic to secure imminent long-term swoop for champions' attacking starlet

Celtic are hoping to secure the long-term loan signing of Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Charly Musonda over the coming days, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website the that Hoops had closed in on capturing the 21-year-old to an 18-month temporary switch from Stamford Bridge to Celtic Park, having fought off competition from top flight Spanish side Leganes.
It is said that the reigning Premier League champions are willing to let the young starlet depart the club in search of first team football, after just seven appearances for the Blues senior side this season, and will be allowed to travel north of the border after their FA Cup clash against Newcastle United on Sunday.
A graduate of the Blues’ youth system, the Belgian under-21 star, who can play in a central role or on the right wing, turned out on loan for Real Betis last season, with knee injuries limiting him to just eight outings.
Football Insider verdict
Musonda has been tipped as one of the brightest talents to come out of Chelsea’s youth system in recent years but with a host of talent ahead of him in the pecking order, a loan move is needed to ensure his career does not stall. At 21-years-old he is at the age where some of his peers are regularly starting Premier League games, so he may well be concerned about his own development. Is a move to Celtic Park the right option for him? While the Scottish Premiership might not be the most competitive of leagues, the Hoops breed a ‘must-win’ mentality, similar to what he will experience at Chelsea, plus their time in Europe, be it the Champions League or Europa League, will be a huge boost to his time on loan.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton has said Brendan Rodgers must stop messing a trio of the club’s stars around.

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