UPDATE (July 21 PM), Mexican sources reported yesterday Javier Aquino is indeed being loaned to Celtic for the upcoming season. He will be playing Champions League football (or at least qualifiers) there, and should get more playing time than he was likely to see with Villarreal this season.
This move had been rumored for a while (see for example here) and obviously Villarreal wanted to offload the winger before he returned from his post-World Cup vacation on July 24.
The move frees up a place for a non-EU player on our roster, too.
HOWEVER, today things weren't so clear. The Scotsman newspaper reported that although Aquino was in Scotland to wrap up a deal, Celtic have decided not to take him on loan. Their morning story:
"No Aquino move, says Deila
RONNY Deila has ruled out a move for winger Javier Aquino, despite reports in Spain that the speedy Mexican was in Glasgow to discuss a season-long loan deal.
The Hoops boss, who last week rubbished reports linking Celtic with Osterunds FK striker Modou Barrow, is in the market for a winger as a result of James Forrest’s injury but won’t be looking to take the Villarreal midfielder to Celtic Park."
I note Aquino's wikipedia page shows him as a Villarreal player again (it had been changed) and he is still listed on the first-team roster on the official site.
Today's EPM has an article stating the deal is not dead, but is doubtful; Rayo are a club who would like him on loan, but Villarreal would like him to get European football somewhere.
Current state of affairs:
We have a real logjam at the midfield positions, though probably less so on the right side than elsewhere--Aquino, Moi and Hernan Perez (currently injured) as the only ones who operate from that side. Cheryshev and Cani from the left, I suppose, with Trigueros, Jonathan dos Santos, Tomas Pina, and Bruno for the pivote positions. Surely Espinosa will be loaned out.
Up front, Uche, Gio, Jony, Nahuel and Gerard Moreno are all listed as strikers, and I expect we are still trying to move Jony and maybe send Nahuel on loan, if we are going to bring in another striker?