Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to pursue Swansea City’s highly rated defender Joe Rodon. Nicknamed the “Welsh John Stones”, Rodon has also raised the interest of Manchester City. The two clubs look set to duel it out to add the player to their rosters in the next transfer window.
Only 19-years old, Rodon joined Swansea’s senior side in 2016. Prior to signing his first professional contract, the centre-back was developed in Swansea’s academy, spending 10 years in the club’s youth setup.
Rodon is yet to play a top-flight match for Swansea, but is currently the captain of the club’s under-23 squad. Confident and comfortable with the ball at his feet, Rodgers wants to add the ball playing defender to his side as soon as possible.
The Celtic manager will have competition as Manchester City and Pep Guardiola have taken notice of the defender’s play; the manager is interested in adding him to the side. While Guardiola would want to add Rodon on a permanent deal, it is believed Rodgers would sign the centre-back in January on loan. Reports indicate Rodgers wants to help develop the youngster, and believes Celtic are the perfect team to do it.
Rodon has earned one cap with the Welsh under-21 team and was called up to train with the full Wales side earlier this year.
Celtic currently have a need for fresh defenders as Rodgers has had to shuffle his team around to find fit players. The club were linked to Queens Park Rangers’ defender Steven Caulker during the transfer window, and could make a move for him in January.