Celta Vigo star Gabri Veiga is warning rich Premier League clubs

Away from obvious suspects Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​midfielder Gabriel Vega is setting La Liga on fire with Celta Vigo and attracting the attention of some of the Premier League’s richest names. In great form, it’s easy to see why.

Spanish exit Diario AS has already reported Saudi Arabia-backed Newcastle United’s interest in the 20-year-old playmaker, with notables Arsenal and Manchester United also said to be monitoring (in Spanish) the Galician.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has since backed this up, although there is no clear indication that England’s elite clubs will make an immediate bid. The Celta graduate is still honing his craft under manager Carlos Carvalhal and has more to prove before anything more concrete materializes.

It won’t be long though. With almost unlimited funds, Newcastle have the financial strength to become a force in the transfer market. However, to overspend, he could soon target a name like Veiga for future success. However, a move to Arsenal would probably be the best solution, with the youngster fitting in well with manager and compatriot Mikel Arteta’s passing game. Looking to take the next step in their rebuild, Manchester United will need to step up their pursuit.

Having netted four times in his last four La Liga outings, Vega is at his peak. According to Olocip – which uses artificial intelligence to derive knowledge about football – he has been the most successful Spaniard in the category (Spaniards) since the World Cup ended. This is despite playing for a club in the Celta midfield and never making an appearance for Spain.

More suitors across the continent will take notice if he maintains this form. Charting his progress is a preliminary to Luis de la Fuente’s Spain squad as he prepares an overhaul before qualifying for the next European Championship begins later this month. As it stands, Spain need to start building their squad around fresh, younger faces to turn their fortunes around at major tournaments.

Vega is a good, intelligent player who usually operates in central positions, like former Real Madrid player Isco. Having never played outside of Vigo – and the nearby town of O Porriño – he is from Celta. He is also a trained journalist and first developed his football skills by kicking pumpkins in his formative days (Spanish), according to a recent report in El Mundo.

Celta are not willing to sell him, at least not for now. Vega’s contract expires in 2026. And he could become indispensable to the team in the coming seasons, with the top-level career of prolific striker Iago Aspas gradually slowing and the need for someone to take on the mantle critical to success of in La Liga more- term.

That said, an attractive offer would be hard for Celta to refuse. Rarely is a team outside the standard Champions League spots able to command a heavy price. In that case, he should demand around 40 million euros ($43 million), if not more.

Veiga is the perfect example, but he has other domestic options coming from one of Spain’s best academies outside of the Clásico pair – along with Athletic Club and Real Sociedad. Hugo Sotelo—for whom he has high hopes—is one. And Celta will produce more talented players, as they did with Aspa and defensive dynamo Stefan Bejcetic, now at Liverpool.

It is too early to say whether Vega would thrive in England or any elite club. Or if he wants to. His impressive form has lasted weeks rather than months and he has a long-term relationship with his local club where he is starting to make a difference.

The deciding factor can be the chance to compete for trophies. 13th at the time of writing, Celta are just four points clear of the relegation zone and a fantastic bet to qualify for European competition. If buyers keep circling and Veiga wants a new challenge, it won’t be easy to stay at Balaídos.

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