Belgian Report: Celtic willing to meet Antwerp's £3m valuation for Aurelio Buta
Celtic are ready to meet Royal Antwerp’s €3.5m [£3m] valuation of right-back Aurelio Buta, according to popular Belgian outlet Voetbal24.
The Daily Mail claimed last night that the Hoops’ move for the Portuguese full-back was taking shape. This comes after previously taking a look at George Baldock from Sheffield United.
There had been reports over the weekend that Celtic had made an offer of €2.5m [£2.1m]. Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur originally posted the news to his 127k Twitter followers.
This is backed up by Voetbal24. However, they’ve also claimed that Celtic are willing to go up to Antwerp’s £3m valuation if necessary.
Celtic fans will be hoping this can lead to a swift solution given the problems the club currently has at right-back.
Celtic not holding back in splashing out on key targets; is Aurelio Buta next?
You can accuse the Celtic board of being slow this summer, that you can’t deny. The fact we have our Premiership season kicking off on Saturday with major squad gaps falls solely on the hierarchy and new CEO Dominic McKay.
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However, at the same time, nobody can accuse Celtic of not being willing to spend. Should the club pull off a £3m move for Buta, it would add to a few meaty deals Celtic have sunk their teeth into this summer.
Liel Abada cost the club £3.5m [Scottish Sun]. Carl Starfelt, meanwhile, was reportedly bought for £4m [Glasgow Times]. As for Kyogo Furuhashi, Celtic were said to have sunk £4.6m into that one [Scottish Sun]. If Buta signs, that’s a reported total of £15.1m already on four players alone.
So Ange Postecoglou couldn’t say he isn’t being backed. The only frustration is in how long it’s taken the club to get these deals done. The likes of Starfelt and Furuhashi have missed our opening UCL qualifier against Midtjylland. They likely wouldn’t be up to speed for the next round either.
In any case, we move on, and next on our to-do list is most certainly the strengthening of the right-back position. But has the European experience necessary to make an impact here.
Time to see if we’re ready to a deal or not.