Celtic reportedly close in on £6 million transfer deal

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Celtic have not been very active so far in the summer transfer window when it comes to making signings although we have seen quite a few head for the exit door already, and more seemingly on the way out. There is a clear need to strengthen Brendan Rodgers' squad though, especially if showing progress in Europe is a goal. Hopefully, the Hoops will deliver.

The Celtic midfield could look very different next season if Matt O'Riley leaves. He has been linked with clubs like Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan as well as a number of Premier League teams.

On the other hand, Celtic seem to be working on bringing back Paulo Bernardo on a permanent basis after the end of his season-long loan from Benfica. At one point, it had looked like a deal was off the table but now, it appears to be close.

As reported by Football Insider, Celtic are confident that the deal to sign Bernardo will get done this summer. Talks are advancing between the Scottish champions and Benfica. It is likely to be settled at around the £6 million mark.

Celtic reportedly close in on £6 million transfer deal

Bernardo had made a slow start to life at Celtic but grew into the team as the season progressed. He might not have been a regular starter but the Portuguese youngster certainly had a role to play.

There is also the belief that Bernardo can grow as a player. Just look at the improvement O'Riley has made over his time at Celtic.

The Portuguese midfielder is a solid player already but he needs to add some end product to his game. If he can do that, then he has a very high ceiling. Now, it remains to be seen whether the Hoops end up signing him this summer or not.