Championship outfit Ipswich Town appear to have won the race to sign Manchester City midfielder Bersant Celina on loan, according to Sky Sports.
The 20-year-old has been at the Etihad Stadium since 2012 and made his first team debut for the Citizens four years later in an FA Cup victory at Norwich, and proceeded to appear three more times under Manuel Pellegrini in the 2015/16 campaign.
However, he was shipped out on loan to Dutch side FC Twente last term, yet showed his quality with five goals and five assists in just 27 games for the club, helping them to a seventh place finish in the Eredivisie.
And it seems that he is once again going to embark on a loan spell away from Manchester, and reports suggest that it’s Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich have won the race for the midfielder ahead of the likes of Bolton, Leeds, and Queens Park Rangers, all of which have been linked with a move for the Kosovo international in recent days.
The Tractor Boys laboured to a 16th place finish in the Championship last season, and having scored just 48 times in their 46 league games, it’s clear that attacking and creative flair is needed over the summer to help the Suffolk-based outfit climb the table next time round.
And there’s little doubt that, after proving himself in one of Europe’s top leagues, Celina can provide that attacking threat they lacked last term, in what looks set to be a very shrewd deal from McCarthy and the Ipswich hierarchy.
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