Celtic have now got the ball rolling on their summer transfer activity, with players already moving in and out of the club.
Last week, the Hoops announced that they had secured a permanent transfer for Cameron Carter-Vickers after his successful loan spell at Parkhead last season.
In terms of the players going the other way, having already said goodbye to Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton, the Hoops also released a raft of young players including Luca Connell.
One other midfield player that the Bhoys should be looking to offload this summer is Ismaila Soro.
With only 19 appearances under his belt across all competitions last term, the 24-year-old played a mere three minutes of league action between October and the end of the campaign.
This shows just how far down the pecking order the £10.5k-per-week Ivorian has fallen and why it could be the best option for all parties if Ange Postecoglou gives the green light for him to leave the club this summer.
In terms of who the Hoops could look to bring in to take Soro’s place in the squad, one man with whom club have been linked and who may be a good option is Vinicius Souza.
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Labelled a “warrior” on the pitch by football scout Mikail Serin on Twitter, Souza is currently valued at £4.05m by Transfermarkt.
The 23-year-old is currently owned by Belgian club Lommel, although he spent last season on loan with fellow Belgian side Mechelen. With 27 league appearances to his name, the Brazilian ended the campaign with more interceptions (64) and more tackles won (66) than any other player at the club.
This highlights just how solid a unit he can be in midfield, which is something Celtic haven’t had with Soro, as he only made four interceptions and failed to win even one tackle in his eight league games in 2021/22.
Should the Ivorian find himself following Rogic, Bitton and Connell out of Parkhead this summer, securing a deal for Souza should be at the top of Postecoglou’s to-do list before the new season kicks off.
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