Carlo Perez will certainly be the fifth reinforcement of the Celtic this summer (sixth if we add Lobete). The Vigo and Roma club finalize the agreement, meaning the attacker will be loaned out by Granollers with an option to buy. The parties involved see the deal as sealed as they only have to specify simple details and seal the contracts. Carles Pérez will be one of the “gifts” that will be found Eduardo Coudet as he returns from the US later in the week after completing the North American tour.
The arrival of Carles Pérez is a bit of a relief as he is an attacking player, a line where Celta hadn’t made moves yet. At first everything was limited to midfield and defence. As for the forwards, the club has opted for the former Barcelona player who joined Roma in the summer of 2019. He played one season on loan until the Italian club paid thirteen million for his transfer in 2020.
Granollers’ had attracted a lot of attention in the ten games he played for Barcelona and that took him to Italy where his participation was somewhat sporadic. Seventeen games in the first season, thirty in the second (the best of them all) and twenty-eight in the third. In this last exercise, he had to deal with Jose Mourinho as a coach. Things weren’t as easy with him as with his predecessors but nonetheless, the Catalan had a remarkable presence in a team that ended the season by winning the Conference League.
However, Carles Pérez was aware that things were not going to be too easy with the Portuguese coach in the future and started to consider leaving Roma. And a lot more after learning that the ‘Gialloroso’ club were planning to sign Dybala – he was closed yesterday – which would completely limit his chances of enjoying any minutes. Luis Campos’ call convinced him to join Celta’s moves. Vigueses was a good target for a player looking to return to the Spanish league after three years of experience in the calcium field. In recent days, Celta and Roma have intensified contacts that have borne fruit in the agreement that is about to be finalized.
From Eduardo Coudet’s point of view, the Catalan attacker offers him good alternatives. This is a forward who will be part of the attacking pair along with Iago Aspas (or someone else) but could also compete with Cervi for the left midfielder position. Pérez is a footballer who doesn’t score too many goals but is skillful and will make Celta overrun and dribble, which Coudet regretted last season.
Celta’s efforts will now focus on hiring a goalkeeper and a born centre-forward, which is one of their biggest gaps at the moment. Borja Mayoral’s option continues to be one of the most solid ones being handled. The player actually stayed in Madrid and won’t take part in the tour of the United States due to problems with the vaccination schedule, the white team explained yesterday.