Celtic fans are definitely loving life under Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irishman had a brilliant start to his managerial career at Parkhead having already achieved Champions League qualification and the Hoops are also off to a perfect start in the Premiership making it three out of three. However, there is always room for improvement and Rodgers will definitely utilise the transfer market at the fullest to have the strongest possible squad at his disposal.
It is public knowledge that Celtic had been in the market for a right-back and a central midfielder. By pulling off a deal for Cristian Gamboa today, Celtic have brought in a new right-back but a central midfielder could still be on the cards. Italian media house Calcio Mercato Web have a huge news for the Celtic fans as they claim that Rodgers is trying to secure the services of Juventus midfielder Hernanes before the transfer window slams shut.
Hernanes is currently surplus to requirements to Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and the Old Lady are looking to offload the Brazilian international. The 31-year-old would bring a world-class quality to the Celtic squad if Rodgers can make this deal happen. A player with an immense experience at both club level and international level, Hernanes, will be a massive boost to Celtic both on and off the pitch.
Hernanes has played at the top level with clubs like Sao Paulo in Brazil and Lazio, Inter and Juventus in Italy while being capped 27 times for the Selecao national team. A hard-working and versatile player, Hernanes is a versatile midfielder who can feature in a range of midfield positions. The key aspect of the 31-year-old’s game is his creativity and whether being deployed as a number eight or a number ten, Hernanes will create plenty of chances for the team with his range of passing and ability to dribble past tight defences.
The Brazilian international is not the quickest of players but has a brilliant dynamism and energy that helps him cover every blade of grass on the pitch. A strong midfielder, Hernanes has a decent defensive work rate. As you expect from a Brazilian, Hernanes boasts an amazing technique with the ball at his feet. An excellent long-shot taker, the 31-year-old can terrify any keeper in the world with his shooting boots.
A creative central midfielder is something Celtic miss big time right now. Both Scott Brown and Nir Bitton are not playmakers while Liam Henderson and Kristoffer Ajer are both still very young. Hernanes, with his world-class ability and immense experience, can prove to be a massive signing for the Hoops. Still only 31, the Brazilian still has 3-4 years left in him. This will be a signing of real intent from the green half of Glasgow.