Celtic linked with permanent move for Liverpool midfielder

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Celtic have played down reports linking them with a move for Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella.

The Anfield side agreed a deal with Rosenborg last week but the former Valencia youngster knocked back a reported £3.5 million move to the Norwegian Eliteserien.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 12: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Pedro Chirivella of Liverpool Scores Liverpools Third Goal and celebrates in the pre season friendly between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 12: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Pedro Chirivella of Liverpool Scores Liverpools Third Goal and celebrates in the pre season friendly between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The 21-year-old was thought to favour a move north - but reports in The Sun suggest the Hoops are not seeking to bring the Spaniard to Glasgow despite suggestions to the contrary in England.

Chirivella, who has appeared for Jurgen Klopp’s side during pre-season matches, will be allowed to leave the club after five years.

He has made just five appearances for the first team, and has spent time on loan with Dutch sides Go Ahead Eagles, and Willem II.

Brendan Rodgers handed Chirivella his first senior appearance but it appears the former Liverpool boss does not view his former player as a potential replacement should Celtic miss out on John McGinn.

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