Celtic January target Timothy Castagne has revealed that he wants to make a move to the English Premier League.
Celtic were previously reported to have been interested in the Atalanta right-back. Gianluca de Marzio reported that Celtic offered Atalanta €10million for him during the winter break. That was apparently turned down by the Serie A outfit.
The latest news had him being linked with Serie A heavyweights AC Milan. But, speaking to Het Lattse Nieuws, Castagne confirmed he’s eyeing up a Premier League move.
“Atalanta suddenly asked for more money (in January). €12m to €15m for a player who had not played ten games at the time. That’s a lot of money.
“We’ll see. First finish the season well and then study everything carefully. From the manager to the board. Whether it’s a stable club and who’s playing your position.
“The Premier League remains my dream competition. But it all depends on which teams want me – I would rather have a top club in Italy than a bottom team from England.”
What hope do we truly have in the summer?
Castagne appears to want that move to England, but it appears he wants it now.
Celtic have proven to be a nice path down to the Premier League for talented players. The likes of Stuart Armstrong, Victor Wanyama, and Fraser Forster are just a few to have been with the Hoops and moved on to decent clubs in England.
But it sounds as though Castagne would rather have the big move now as opposed to head elsewhere. Given how highly he’s looking in terms of his next move, it doesn’t look good for us.
Celtic still have to make a big decision on their right-back situation this summer. Mikael Lustig, Cristian Gamboa, and Jeremy Toljan could all leave the club. The former two are out of contract, whilst the latter’s loan deal is up and will head back to Borussia Dortmund.
Castagne was clearly an eye-catcher in January. If the report from Gianluca de Marzio is true, then Celtic could very well be looking to spend big on the position in the summer.
At the very least, that would be a plus-point to take from the Castagne developments.