According to Globo Esporte, Celtic have had a bid of £2.5 million rejected for a potential replacement for Jozo Simunovic.

The Bhoys’ move was rebuffed by Cruzeiro for their centre-back, Fabrício Bruno. The Brazilian side’s manager even confirmed the interest on Globo Esporte that the offer was too low.

If a higher offer goes in, then it almost leaves the exit door open for the Croatian.

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Celtic eyeing Fabrício Bruno as Jozo Simunovic successor?

The 23-year-old Brazilian is a starter for Cruzeiro in Brazil’s top division with 22 appearances.

Fabricio Bruno in action for Cruzeiro in the Brazilian top flight against Mineiro. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

However, fans will have a raised eyebrow to see Cruzeiro in 17th place and in the relegation spot. The Belo Horizonte side have lost their five previous matches in the league.

Bruno is under contract until 2021 having signed a new contract at the beginning of this year. Bruno, a right footed centre-back, was also on loan with Chapecoense between 2017 and 2018.

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New Cruzeiro boss Márcio Rodrigues has confirmed a reported bid from the Hoops for Bruno.

 

He said: “This proposal came, yes, but it is not consistent with what we want.

“There was a little survey, they made a proposal, but it doesn’t come close to what we want.”

Neil Lennon’s bid for potential Jozo Simunovic replacement was too low. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It appears Lennon is in the market for another centre-half to beef up his squad. However, is it coming to the detriment of currently crocked defender, Simunovic?

Croatian on the way out of the Hoops?

The 25-year-old isn’t getting a look in at Celtic with Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien as first choice. Even after his injury, a potential return isn’t looking likely.

It will be interesting to see the next destination for the once upon a time wantaway defender. Will an English team take a punt on the injury prone centre-back?

Jozo Simunovic in action for Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A move back home to Croatia would be more likely as it’s less of a gamble.

However, in Bruno, there is perhaps more of a punt than keeping Simunovic. Braga have been potential suitors in Bruno and a loan move to the Celts hasn’t been ruled out.

Unfortunately, there are rights issues which prevail in Brazil which could also prevent a move. But, if Lennon gets the youngster, then it’s proving that the board are backing their man.

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