Celtic in talks over signing €7.5 million player

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Celtic will have to make some moves in the summer transfer window, no matter how this campaign ends and whether they finish it with one, two or zero trophies. The Hoops quite simply have not been good enough and not matched the standards that they have set for themselves over the years, whether that be in terms of results or their performances on the pitch.

One area that has been severely affected due to injuries is the midfield. Paulo Bernardo is someone who has stepped in though, in the absence of others.

Bernardo was signed on loan from Benfica last summer. While he was initially not playing much, he has featured much more regularly as the campaign has progressed and the injury problems have mounted up.

Celtic do have an option to buy included in the loan deal. And there does seem to be interest on the part of the Hoops to make his stay in Glasgow permanent.

Celtic in talks over signing €7.5 million player

As reported by A Bola, Celtic have already made contact with the midfielder and there is a buyout clause of €7.5 million. They have also already given signs to Benfica that they are seriously thinking about making a permanent move for the midfielder. But it is likely that the club will push the matter towards the end of the season to try to renegotiate the fee.

Bernardo has done well. But to be very honest, he has not been good enough for Celtic to go out and sign him for a €7.5 million transfer fee.

Bernardo has been a steady presence in the midfield and could be a decent squad option. But will he be a starter when Celtic have their best midfielders available? That is debatable. Also, outside of a brief spell of four games in which he scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists, he has not made a single goal contribution.