Celtic reportedly make €7.5 million offer for goalkeeper

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Celtic are headed for a busy summer transfer window and bringing a new goalkeeper to Parkhead has to be near the top of their wish list. Joe Hart has already announced that he will be retiring at the end of this season. The Englishman has been the club's first choice between the posts for the past three seasons, since arriving in 2021 from Tottenham Hotspur.

It will not be an easy task to replace someone of Hart's importance. Not only has he been a solid goalkeeper for Celtic, but he has also been a leader for this squad full of youngsters.

So, replacing Hart will not just be about bringing in a good goalkeeper. Ideally, Celtic would need someone with leadership qualities as well to take his place in the team.

Interestingly, Trabzonspor captain and Turkish international, Ugurcan Cakir, seems to be someone on Celtic's radar. And if rumours are accurate then they have made a significant offer to bring him to Parkhead.

Celtic reportedly make €7.5 million offer for goalkeeper

As reported by Gunebakis (via 67 Hail Hail), Celtic have made a ‘serious offer’ in the region of €7.5 million for Cakir. Nantes and AS Roma are also believed to be keen. On the other hand, Al-Ahli have put forward a proposal worth €10 million.

Thus, it looks like Celtic hold a serious interest in signing Cakir. But they are not the only ones in the race for the Turkish international goalkeeper. Now, it remains to be seen who comes out on top.

In many ways, Cakir could be exactly what Celtic need after Hart's retirement. He is an international-level goalkeeper. He also has a ton of experience and leadership qualities. But at the same time, at 28 years of age, he is in his prime and could be a long-term solution for the Hoops.