Celtic in talks over £3.5 million transfer deal

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Celtic's aim will be to strengthen over the summer transfer window following a Premiership and Scottish Cup double-winning campaign. Fans will be hoping to see fresh faces arrive but at the same time, it is important to keep the core of the squad together and hopefully, the Hoops will be successful in doing that.

In recent days, we have seen players like Matt O'Riley and Kyogo Furuhashi being linked with exits. One would hope that those rumours don't turn out to be true.

On the other hand, the club must try to sign Adam Idah and Paulo Bernardo on a permanent basis. Both were at Celtic on loan last season and played important roles in winning the double. Hopefully, we have not seen their last in the Hoops yet.

Idah got most of the headlines and deservedly so, having scored 9 goals in the second half of the season, including the winner in the Scottish Cup final against the Rangers. Bernardo played a key role in that goal as well and was a steady performer in the middle of the park for the Hoops whenever called upon.

Celtic in talks over £3.5 million transfer deal

Celtic do not have a buyout option in Idah's loan deal but they do when it comes to Bernardo. At the moment, it appears that they are trying to negotiate with Benfica and bring that figure, believed to be around £6 million, down by quite some margin.

As reported by the Daily Mail (via Daily Record), the package Celtic are discussing with Benfica is in the region of £3.5 million. The Hoops propose to pay £3 million up front, with add-ons adding a potential further £500,000 plus a percentage of any transfer if he moves on again. Bernardo is open to making the move on a long-term deal.

Bernardo's willingness to join Celtic should hand them an advantage in their talks with Benfica. Let's see if we get to see the Portuguese midfielder playing his football in Glasgow once again next season.