According to Spanish news outlet AS, La Liga giants Getafe want to sign Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles this summer, but Celtic should consider hijacking a deal to strengthen their options between the sticks.
The Spanish goalkeeper is expected to leave Everton on a free transfer at the end of the season, but Celtic are behind Getafe in the race to land his signature as Robles reportedly favours a return to Spain.
The 27-year-old was born in Getafe, but Celtic shouldn’t give up trying to bring him to Parkhead given their need for a reliable shot-stopper. They’ve wanted him since 2012.
There’s no denying Brendan Rodgers needs a new man between the sticks this summer, and although supporters are vying for Scott Bain’s loan move to be made permanent, he has still only played two games.
It’s also worth remembering that Dorus de Vries – who began the 2016-17 season as Celtic number one – could do a job for the remainder of the season.
Bain has impressed against Motherwell and Rangers in recent weeks while injured Craig Gordon continues his recovery from a knee injury, but Robles boasts 17 clean sheets in 51 Premier League games and has the quality Rodgers can’t ignore.
It all remains to be seen if he would snub his boyhood club to join Celtic, however. The Bhoys might have some leverage as they could entice the Everton ‘keeper with Champions League football next season, a competition Robles has never played in.
They would also be in a position to match his £20k-per-week wages, so these factors might convince him to join the Scottish champions.
As far as free transfers go, signing the Toffees’ stopper is good option for Celtic. And if his arrival means that Rodgers won’t pursue Bain then it’s a gamble well worth taking.