Celtic-linked Mohammed Abu Fani attracts German Bundesliga interest

By Lewis Laird

June 28, 2022

Celtic-linked midfielder Mohammed Abu Fani is attracting the interest of several German Bundesliga sides, according to reports in his homeland.

The Israeli internationalist is expected to leave his current club Maccabi Haifa this summer and has attracted interest from across Europe.

Celtic are just one of the clubs that have been monitoring the 24-year-old’s current situation, with reports from both Israel and Scotland quoting the Hoops’ interest.

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With Ange Postecoglou on the hunt for a new defensive midfielder, the links to Abu Fani certainly seemed to make sense.

But, the Hoops may have been put off and moved on to other targets after it was revealed that Maccabi Haifa expects to keep the midfielder for their Champions League qualifying tie next month.

Interest from the German Bundesliga appears to have stepped up a notch, with reports suggesting that the likes of Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Breman are interested in the 14-time capped internationalist.

However, according to Israeli outlet Sport 5, Union Berlin are currently the most serious contenders for the midfielder this summer.

The report states that the side who finished 5th place in the Bundesliga last season considers Abu Fani a leading candidate as they target a new option in the middle of the park.

Berlin was left impressed by Abu Fani after his performances in the UEFA Conference League matches between the two sides’ last campaign and also in an international friendly against Germany.

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New midfielder is a priority for Postecoglou, but Abu Fani no longer appears to be an option.

As the Celtic manager continues to build his squad for next season, a new midfielder is definitely high on the 56-year-old’s transfer list.

Despite the potential early interest in Abu Fani, it doesn’t feel as though the Israel internationalist will be the man to fill that slot for Ange Postecoglou.

Especially when you consider that Haifa expects to keep ahold of him until the end of July, which is in the same week that Celtic’s Scottish Premiership campaign kicks off.

It is almost certain that the Maccabi Haifa man will make a move elsewhere in Europe this summer, and the strongest interest is coming from Germany.

The hunt for our new midfielder goes on.

In other news, Reports: Celtic talent Adam Montgomery set for second Scottish Premiership loan spell; deal agreed.