Celtic failed to buy right-back Timothy Castagne despite a massive reported £8.8 million bid.
The Hoops were on the trail of the Belgian international but the Italians put up a not for sale sign on his head according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
However, the high bid should give hope to buy current loanee Jeremy Toljan in the summer.
Right back high on Celtic radar
If the reported amount of 10 million Euros is true, then it shows how much Brendan Rodgers values that position.
Current first-choice Mikael Lustig is a Swedish international and experienced veteran.
His replacement will need to be of equal or better quality than the 32-year-old.
Castagne is a Belgium international playing in Serie A which would definitely have fitted that bill.
However, the reported bid is only £200,000 less than the club’s deal with PSG for Odsonne Edouard – the club’s record fee for a player.
This shows that to buy quality, clubs need to push the boat out to acquire them.
Unfortunately, Atalanta moved to prevent any possible move for the 23-year-old, even from higher bidders Roma.
Celtic can surely buy Tolan in the summer
The reported amount shows the Hoops have money to spend for replacements.
That figure will still be available when the transfer window reopens at the beginning of July.
The Bhoys currently have Borussia Dortmund’s Jeremy Toljan on loan until the end of the season.
There isn’t an option to buy the German defender but if player and club are happy, then hopefully a move can be done.
The 24-year-old has three more years to run on his current contract with his parent club.
He will be a costly purchase but clearly the Hoops have the money to spend to acquire him.
Toljan recently compared his two clubs to each other, saying the experience of playing for them are similar.
Lustig is out of contract and replacement will come from somewhere, lets hope it’s the current star loanee.