Rangers and Celtic are both in the hunt for South American wonderkid Joaquin Fernandez, according to a report.
The Daily Record has claimed that positive talks have been held between the defender’s UK-based representatives and the Old Firm giants.
It is understood that Aberdeen are also interested in Fernandez, 18, who plays as a left-sided centre-back for Uruguayan outfit River Plate.
The report adds that the Uruguay Under-20 international is also wanted by clubs from across England and Europe, so Rangers and Celtic will no doubt have a fight on their hands if they want to snap up a player who is rated as one of the most exciting young talents in South America.
Fernandez’s agent has also been told that scouts from the Gers and the Hoops will be keeping tabs on him during the upcoming Under-20s Copa Libertadores.
Football Insider verdict
Fernandez looks like a real top talent but Rangers and Celtic must be wary of interest from England, especially if it is from sides in the Premier League. British sides have always struggled to snap up young talent from South America as they also seem to go to Spain or Italy first. Fernandez is also said to be attracting attention from the continent, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was to snub a move to Glasgow to pick one of the Mediterranean nations. Celtic probably have the upper hand in the hunt for the player over Rangers. The Bhoys have much more financial power and the constant promise of Champions League football will no doubt be a huge factor.
In other Rangers news, the Gers must join the hunt for this ex-Premier League powerhouse striker who is available on a cut-price deal in January.
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