The deal taking Ismaila Soro to Celtic has reportedly stalled amid a dispute over his transfer fee.
According to the Scottish Sun, Celtic have already agreed a deal with Bnei Yehuda – Soro’s current club. However, Soro’s representatives apparently own a percentage of the player. Therefore, there’s a current conflict over how much both the agents and club will receive.
Bnei Yehuda and Soro’s agents are still currently negotiating the fee, which is apparently why the deal hasn’t yet been finalised.
There even appears to be a chance that Soro will feature for Bnei in their next match against Hapoel Kfar Saba on Monday. In an apparent statement from the club printed in the Scottish Sun, they said the following on his situation:
“It’s impossible to know at the moment whether Ismaila Soro will be in the squad for our next game against Hapoel Kfar Saba on Monday or not.”
Dispute seems like it could end at any moment
You can take something from those words from Bnei Yehuda. It’s clear they’re prepared for the player moving to Parkhead and these negotiations finalising before Monday.
However, at the same time, they wouldn’t be saying that if the player had no chance of playing for them. It’s difficult to know just how serious these negotiations are and whether they have a chance of destroying the transfer completely.
What does look certain is that Soro won’t have any chance of featuring against Partick Thistle on Saturday. Celtic’s next game after that is at Rugby Park against Kilmarnock on Wednesday. With the way things are going, it would be doubtful as to whether he features there either.
The sooner we get these deals done the better. It gives the club a better chance to prepare for the rest of the window when they can finalise contracts early. The Soro deal dragging on isn’t ideal.
Elisha Levy, Bnei Yehuda’s manager, stated at the start of the week that Soro’s deal to move to Parkhead had been finalised. He stated that he knew that when he took the job only last week (Scottish Sun).
So hopefully this all gets resolved in the near future, but the last thing we need is for it to become a saga.