Celtic can still move for Diego Laxalt alternative next summer as he heads out on loan for the season

Diego Laxalt could certainly be the most interesting addition that Neil Lennon made this summer, and expectations will be high  as he arrives on loan from AC Milan.

Sky Sports reported that there were some discussions about agreeing a fee for a potential option to buy in the summer, but an agreement couldn’t be reached and it was just a simple loan instead.

That could be a missed opportunity for Celtic as Milan will simply look to sell him on to the highest bidder if he has an excellent season, but we may be getting carried away with ourselves there.

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Either way it’s important to have some kind of plan in place for next summer, and it sounds like Chelsea’s Ian Maatsen had emerged as an alternative to Laxalt before the transfer window shut.

A report from HITC has quoted The Mail in saying that Celtic weren’t able to take him on loan from Chelsea this summer so he’s headed on loan to Charlton Athletic instead.

This could actually be an ideal situation for Celtic when it comes to making a proper evaluation on Maatsen, as he looks set to play regular football at a decent level before returning to Chelsea next summer.

There’s always a chance that he could get a chance at Stamford Bridge but Frank Lampard has completely lost his nerve with the academy players and is trying to ram the team with expensive signings, so he’ll likely be available.

The ideal situation for Celtic would be Laxalt having a great season and staying on a permanent basis, but at least Maatsen is still an option and there will be plenty of chances to see how good he is this season.

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