Brendan Rodgers ready for £15 million tug of war come January

Celtic star Callum McGregor has become a transfer target for Brighton.

The 25-year-old has been an integral part of Brendan Rodgers’ team in recent years. But according to The Sun a Premier League move could now be edging close. It’s suggested McGregor desires a move to the Premier League.

And Brighton, who will have enough in their coffers come January, are ready to spend £10m. The Seagulls have been keeping a close watch on McGregor and look set to test Celtic’s resolve.

McGregor isn’t the only talented youngster that could cause quite a tussle between Brighton and Celtic. According to reports last month, both clubs are also closely monitoring Wigan ace Nick Powell.

Chris Hughton is a big fan of Powell and will pay a further £5m to reinforce his squad. Powell could possibly be a free agent at the end of this campaign though. The talented attacker is out of contract and is yet to sign an extension.

Powell, who is a graduate of Crewe Alexandra’s famous youth academy, was once one of the country’s hottest prospects when he signed for Manchester United from the Alex in 2012. But injuries and poor form meant his Old Trafford move was unsuccessful. Powell moved to the DW Stadium permanently in 2016.

He has played 71 games for the club, bagging 24 goals. Celtic have had a rocky start to the season and might need to shuffle their squad in the New Year.

They edged past Aberdeen on Saturday having been defeated by Kilmarnock the previous week before.

Speaking after the game, Rodgers said: ”For us I think we have shown another side – that’s seven clean sheets in eight games.

“Yep, okay, we have played a couple of years where it’s been all singing, all dancing, lots of chances and goals and records.

“At times in football you also have to show resilience and a spirit.

“And until we get back to that, and I believe our movement and creativity is returning on the way back to where we want to be, you have got to win games and find a way to win.

“I think that game earlier on in the season could have been 0-0.

“We kept pushing and eventually we get the win, so I’m delighted for the players.

“Our summer was complicated, we lost key players, we lost goals, but we have to find a way and the players again showed, when they had to, they were strong and tough against a really tough opponent.

“It was a brilliant win for us.”

 

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