Jota 'would love' Celtic transfer return as wild Marcus Rashford rumour explodes to seal his Ittihad fate

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Al-Ittihad misfit Jota would reportedly "love" a return to Celtic this summer - but wages look set to scupper any prospect of a deal. .

The 24-year-old endured a nightmare campaign in the Saudi Pro League following his £25m departure from the Scottish Premiership champions last summer - having initially not been registered on the list of foreign players allowed in the Ittihad league squad. That limited the forward to cameos in cup competitions and occasional Asian Champions League appearances - and despite being brought back into the first-team picture in January he faced an injury-hampered campaign in the Middle East managing just 25 appearances last term.

The attacker looks set to be shown the door this summer as Ittihad look to bring in a host of new foreign additions and challenge for the title next term. Saudi outlet TV 24 claim that Jota "would love" a switch back to Glasgow's east end - after social media rumours ramped up in the Middle East about a potential return earlier this summer.

However, it is noted that there has been no contact from Celtic over a potential switch back to the club. It is also claimed that the salary demands are "expected to end" any hope of a "realistic" deal with a move to the English Premier League "best for all."

Despite this, it does does appear that time could be up - with Hi Koura c laiming that Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is a target this summer. It is stated that Ittihad are "ready" to launch a bid for the England international and move on several stars currently on their foreign player list - including Jota.