Celtic transfer target Fabricio Bruno has disclosed why he didn’t join the Hoops in the January transfer window, the Daily Record reports.

Globo Esporte in Brazil reported that the Hoops had a bid of £2.5 million for the player rejected by his then club Cruzeiro. However, any chance of signing the player seemed to end when he took his club to court over unpaid wages and image rights.

Bruno won the case and eventually joined Red Bull Bragantino. Now he has opened up on why the move to Scotland didn’t happen.


One time Celtic target Fabricio Bruno

One time Celtic target Fabricio Bruno / (Photo by Juliana Flister/Getty Images)

“It all started when Celtic came to talk to me and I went to Cruzeiro together with my representative” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“A difficult situation”

“But Cruzeiro refused to negotiate with them. It was a difficult situation and I had to look at the personal side of it. Celtic came back for me, but they had to pull out because I wouldn’t get a decision from the court until February 6 and that was too late for them. It was very unfortunate for them” he concluded.

January Celtic target Fabricio Bruno

January Celtic target Fabricio Bruno in action (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

Once Bruno took his club to court, the chances of him signing for Celtic dropped dramatically. It would have been too convoluted a deal to pull off.

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Timing was an issue

Timing was also an issue, as Bruno says, the court decision wasn’t granted until after the transfer window closed. That put an end to any interest the Hoops had in the player.

It was an odd situation that a player takes his club to court, but for Bruno it paid off, whilst unfortunately for Celtic it didn’t.

These things happen in football though, and Celtic will move on to other transfer targets in the future.


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