Celtic Close to Chelsea Playmaker Loan Deal

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Glasgow Celtic are close to making a sensational swoop on much-admired Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda on an 18-month loan deal, reports the Scottish Herald.

Speculation intensified in recent weeks that the talented 21-year-old Belgian would be leaving Stamford Bridge with the lack of first-team opportunities stifling his obvious talent.

An Under-21 international, Musonda spearheads the next wave of talented Belgium players who are expected to continue the country’s push for international glory.

At Chelsea, he finds himself on the fringes of the first team with little apparent appetite for Antonio Conte to promote Musonda to the starting line-up. The midfielder finds himself behind expensive acquisitions in the squad and was an unused substitute in the Blues 3 – 0 FA Cup fourth round win over Newcastle United.

Brendan Rodgers is desperate to add another creative midfielder to his squad as Celtic look to retain their domestic stranglehold over Scottish football, as well as challenging for the Europa League.

The defending Scottish champions are believed to have agreed on the nature of the loan deal with Chelsea, with final details to be resolved.

Musonda has made seven appearances for Chelsea with his only goal coming against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.