With Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou going all out to strengthen this winter, it’s safe to assume that some players will go to make room for the newcomers.

With reports that Vasilis Barkas and Boli Bolingoli may be on their way out, Celtic supporters were drawn to a different transfer storey this week.

The news [Sky Sports] that Udinese had expressed interest in Celtic defender Stephen Welsh caught everyone off guard, and with the club announcing this week that the Scotland u21 captain was not going anywhere, Celtic fans would have been concerned that a young Scottish prospect could be turned down by a Serie A club.

But, thanks to a late-night tweet from transfer analyst Fabrizio Romano, it appears that fear may now be replaced with comfort.

Udinese and Arsenal have agreed on a loan deal for Pablo Mari, according to the Italian.

The Spaniard joined Arsenal for £6 million at the start of the season, but has only played three times for the London club.

If this happens, the Italians’ interest in Welsh for this season would be virtually over, although they are thought to be keeping an eye on the 21-year-old.

Celtic may receive further offers in the summer, but if they decide to sell him, they should want more than the £1.7 million indicated following Udinese’s original report.