The Sun has reported on the future of Middlesbrough centre-forward Calum Kavanagh who looks to be highly rated, and it was believed that Gunners and Blues were showing an interest. They now also face competition from Celtic for his signature, and that could be a tempting move for him to make.
It would allow him to establish himself at a lower level with a massive club who have a track record of getting footballers into the first team, with Jeremie Frimpong being the latest to break through this year. Nothing has been agreed with any side yet, so it will be interesting to see what happens here.
Importantly the report also suggests that Calum does want to stay, but he’s only willing to commit to a shorter-term contract for now so he can see how things develop. In years gone by, we’ve usually seen footballers take the most significant offer or move to the biggest club whenever they can, but you have to wonder if that is the correct choice.
The biggest Premier League clubs have shown a tendency to hoard players in their youth squads, so it’s not uncommon to see someone play U23 football for years, and suddenly they are without a club and any real experience at the age of 24.
Of course, they might be costly at that point, but it can become one almighty fight to build a career from there, so it might make sense to join a team that gives opportunities to young footballers. Chelsea signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax during the winter transfer window.