Celtic At Risk Of Losing Teenage Starlet For Just £350K As Italian And English Clubs Circle

Frosinone and Torino have now joined the long list of clubs pursuing Celtic starlet Rocco Vata, according to the Daily Record.

The newspaper says the Hoops are in danger of losing the 18-year-old when his contract at Parkhead expires at the end of the season.

If Vata leaves to join a foreign team, the Scottish champions will only be owed £350,000 in compensation, which makes him an even more attractive target for rivals.

For that reason, tying down the teenager to a new long-term deal has to be a top priority for Celtic.

Celtic have not started talks over an extension

The Daily Record claim that discussions with Vata and his representatives have not even begun, despite the fact that he is closing on the final six months of his contract.

Either someone on Celtic’s board has dropped the ball, or they are already resigned to losing the forward at the end of the season.

Elite clubs are known to be interested in Vata

At the start of last campaign, it was reported that the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, AC Milan, Juventus and Roma were keeping tabs on the youngster’s progress.

Last summer, it was said that Nottingham Forest made a formal bid for Vata. Even though it was rejected at the time, the English Premier League side are expected to revive their interest if he becomes available next summer.

Frosinone are thought to have sent scouts to watch him in action earlier this month when he was playing for the Republic of Ireland’s Under 19s against Albania. Other teams reportedly had representatives in the stands when Celtic’s Under 21s lost 4-3 to Brighton in the Premier League International Cup at the end of last week.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.