Turkish Report: Celtic-linked Valentin Rosier wants to sign for Besiktas

By David Walton

June 27, 2021

Reported Celtic target Valentin Rosier wants to sign for Besiktas permanently this summer, according to Turkish outlet Aksam.

The report claims that the player has already agreed terms with Besiktas after spending the 2020/21 campaign on loan. The prospect of playing Champions League football with the Turkish side is said to excite him.

Celtic were linked with a move for the French right-back last week by journalist Ekrem Konur. He tweeted to his 119k Twitter followers that the Hoops had made an offer to Sporting Lisbon for the defender.

There was also speculation that Lazio were readying an offer [The Laziali]. However, Aksam say that Besiktas have made great progress in their hunt for Rosier. A €4m [£3.4m] was rebuffed, but Besiktas are ready to up their sell-on fee clause from 20% to 25%.

Rosier was a huge success in Turkey last season. Managing three goals and seven assists in 37 appearances [Transfermarkt], he went on to secure the double in his season-long loan stint.

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Valentin Rosier eyeing up Besiktas move; Celtic not mentioned

It’s worth stating that Celtic haven’t been mentioned in the report from Aksam. Instead, they say that Marseille have tried to intervene, something that led Sporting Lisbon to rejecting the initial offer from Besiktas.

Therefore, it looks as though the Hoops are some way behind in any move for Rosier. That may frustrate sections of the Celtic support, who were initially excited with the link last week.

Celtic target Valentin Rosier / (Photo by /BSR Agency/Getty Images)

There’s no denying the right-back position at Parkhead is in need of urgent strengthening. The club only has Anthony Ralston and Lee O’Connor available in the senior ranks. You could argue Ralston’s contract extension was triggered due to a lack of options.

But what Celtic currently have won’t be good enough for the Champions League qualifiers. Ralston has already proven over the last several years that he’s several notches below where we need him to be. As for O’Connor, he has a huge chance to burst into the reckoning this summer, but relying on him for European football is a risky move.

So Celtic need a right-back, but it doesn’t look like being Rosier. He has his eyes elsewhere whilst there’s been no progress on the rumour last week.

In other news, another reported Celtic target has been handed an interesting Italian opportunity.