Timothy Castagne to Celtic looks pretty dead in the water now, with Napoli the latest to have reported interest in the right-back.
Atalanta apparently rejected an offer from Celtic for around £8.8million in January (Di Marzio). But now, it’s looking like the big fish are finally swarming around for the highly-rated Belgian.
According to IlMattino, Napoli are now looking to enter the race for him. But they apparently face tough competition themselves from fellow Italian heavyweights AC Milan and Roma. That’s quite the selection of options for Castagne if they make the move.
Atalanta have had a simply incredible campaign in Serie A this term. They currently sit third, ahead of Roma and Milan. They do, however, remain 13 points behind second-place Napoli.
The Sun said in January that Atlanta rated him at £10m. Even if Celtic were willing to bid that, however, you can only imagine what the bidding war could lead to.
It also remains to be seen if Castagne is even still a reported target for Celtic. After all, we’re going through huge changes at the club this summer. With Brendan Rodgers having departed, who’s to say that Castagne is even still on our radar?
A top-quality right-back would be a huge boost
We all know the situation regarding the right-back spot by now. We have three players potentially departing the club with just one out-and-out right-back scheduled to stay. Mikael Lustig, Jeremy Toljan, and Cristian Gamboa all seem set to leave as it stands.
Anthony Ralston, meanwhile, had his big chance to impress against Hearts on Sunday. Unfortunately, however, he failed to take it, and doesn’t appear ready yet to take the mantle of first-choice right-back at Parkhead.
Therefore, spending some serious cash on a proper, high-quality replacement would be a huge boost for the club. Perhaps it won’t be Castagne given this new level of reported interest. But a replacement of a similar type would be hugely ideal.
There haven’t been any reports as of yet about potential summer targets in this area. It could be that Celtic want to appoint a new manager before committing money to a new right-back. Especially if we’re going to spend big money on one too. That would be the right course of action from the club.
But it looks like we can now put a big red cross through Castagne. The big fish of Italy appear to be circling. The days of us competing with them won’t be seen for a good while yet.