Ian Poveda is closing in on an exit from Manchester City, and Celtic are one of the clubs being linked.

The 19 year old travelled to Turin at the weekend with his family, and the purpose was to watch Torino play Bologna and then to visit the club’s training centre. Trying to get a deal for Poveda over the line, there’s some confidence that Torino could win the race, but there’s also worry about competition from elsewhere.

Leeds United and Celtic are keen, and Tuttosport report the latter have been contacted by Manchester City. Whilst City don’t want to renew Poveda’s contract, which expires in June, they haven’t completely given up on him making it big and would prefer he goes to a ‘friendly club’.

That means a side having good relations with City, and Tuttosport say that’s the case with the Scottish Premiership side. So Celtic have been contacted and offered the signing, with the prospect of a relatively low buyback clause in the contract.

Celtic could sign him for a token free, or perhaps even nothing at all, and give City power over Poveda’s future.

A decision from the player is expected in the coming days.