Celtic ready to make £6 million signing this summer

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Celtic are heading towards a very important summer transfer window, whether they finish this campaign with one trophy, two trophies or none. One thing that has become abundantly clear is that the Hoops have taken several steps back from where they were under the management of Ange Postecoglou, one of the most dominant teams in Scottish football history.

Early on in the season, hopes were that Celtic's performances would improve once they got used to Brendan Rodgers' football. That has not been the case.

Celtic have remained inconsistent throughout the campaign, allowing the Rangers to come from behind and get in the driver's seat of the title race. With not much football left to be played this season, they need to turn things around quickly with the Premiership and Scottish Cup still up for grabs.

Then, they will need to strengthen the squad in the summer transfer window. And it looks like a decision has already been made about Paulo Bernardo's future, with him only on loan from Benfica until the end of the season.

Celtic ready to make £6 million signing this summer

As reported by Football Insider, Celtic plan to sign Bernardo permanently this summer. The Hoops intend to activate his £6 million release clause.

After a slow start to life at Parkhead, Bernardo's role in the Celtic team has increased as the season has progressed. Of course, a lot of that is down to injuries to other midfielders, which has opened up spots in the middle of the park.

A lot of people have not been impressed with Bernardo's output but there is no question that he has a ton of potential. And if Matt O'Riley does make a Parkhead exit in the summer, which feels pretty likely, it would make sense to sign him permanently. A £6 million fee does feel a bit steep though.