The latest rumors, if they are to be believed, have Milan, along with both Inter Milan and Napoli, linked with Slovakia international Stanislav Lobotka who currently plies his trade at La Liga’s Celta Vigo.
The 23 year-old defensive midfielder arrived in Galicia from Danish club FC Nordsjaelland in the summer of 2017 for a fee around €5 million. He’s been one of the bright parts of the club this season, and while he’s currently out with a sprained ankle, he’s been a critical part of the team. He’s made 10 appearances so far this season, making one assist, he played in all 38 league matches for Celta last season. Additionally, he’s made 22 appearances for the Slovakia national team, scoring two goals.
Of course, Celta Vigo is going through a bit of transition right now already, with the team sacking manager Antonio Mohamed today in a bid to improve their position in the table. After starting out good, with two wins from their first three matches, including a win over Atlético Madrid, Celta has one only once in their last nine matches, with their only win coming over lowly Eibar.
Mohamed was brought in during the summer from Liga MX’s CF Monterrey, who have had a significant dip in form after the Argentine left, but he wasn’t able to recreate his success in Mexico with Celta.
Just how ready Celta are to hit the reset button might determine how willing they are to selling the player. While it’s never great to lose a 23 year-old midfielder, getting a large transfer fee for him could go a long way towards providing funds for a new manager to bring in some new players that could help drag Celta further up the table.