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Celtic Battling Newcastle United For £18m South American Playmaker: Good Fit For Rodgers?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Brendan Rodgers has been busy this summer, trying to add quality to a squad that is already dominating the Scottish league. The manager wants his side to make a mark in Europe next season and is looking at some of the finest stars to lure them to Glasgow this summer. One such name now doing the rounds is Giorgian De Arrascaeta.

Born and brought up in Uruguay, the 24-year old only made a name for himself after he joined Cruzeiro, a top-flight outfit in Brazil. He scored nine goals in 43 appearances in just his first season at the club, showing progress by the year and earning a place in the national side for the World Cup recently in Russia.

Arrascaeta has three goals and two assists in all competitions for the club in the new campaign and made a couple of appearances for Uruguay in FIFA’s premier competition. Playing in a no.10 role or out wide, the 24-year old has shown great consistency in the last few years and is now attracting interest from all over Europe.

Strong and athletic, Arrascaeta is a gifted footballer, who loves to have the ball at his feet. He is confident in possession, is constantly looking to create chances but is equally adept at finishing chances that are offered to him. He can dribble past opponents with ease, can put in a mean cross and can also test the keeper from long range.

He is a playmaker, who is effective just outside the box, where he can roam around and create space for himself and his teammates. At 24, he does not have too much of experience at the highest stage, but already has 16 appearances for the national side and is ready for a European challenge.

Arrascaeta only signed a new deal with Cruzeiro before the start of the World Cup last month but it is understood that he will be allowed to leave if the right offer is made this summer. It is now revealed that Celtic will have to fend off interest from Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United, who are also desperate for a no. 10 this summer.

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Reports suggest that Arrascaeta will cost around £18m, which might be a bit steep for the Scottish champions but Arrascaeta is a real match winner in the making and can be a decent acquisition for the Celts. He is not a readymade star but will certainly make an impact on the first-team. But is the £18m rated playmaker the right man for Rodgers?

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