Report: No Celtic negotiations with Benfica on Paulo Bernardo despite £7m rumours

By Lewis Laird

June 6, 2022

The summer transfer window can be a very hectic time for Ange Postecoglou and Celtic.

The Bhoys boss has stated on several occasions he is keen to add to his double-winning squad and build upon the success of the last campaign.

With the window set to open on Friday, the Hoops have already been linked to an abundance of different names within the Scottish media.

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From several different left-back options such as Mohanad Jeahze to attacking midfielders like Bayern Munich’s Christopher Scott.

You could create a huge list of names that Celtic have been linked to even at this early stage of the summer window. That’s par for the course. In fact, it can be exciting for supporters to keep track of.

On Sunday afternoon, another name was added to that list when the Daily Record stated that reports from Portugal suggested that the Hoops had been looking into a £7m loan-to-buy deal for Benfica midfielder Paulo Bernardo, having already had a bid rejected.

That seemed to be based on a social media post from Twitter user @M10infos.

This would have caught the eye of some Celtic fans, particularly off the back of the success from Jota last season, who was, of course, a Benfica loanee.

It is an avenue that Postecoglou has gone down before when adding new additions to his Celtic squad, so could he do so again?

Portuguese media outlet A Bola, which has been a reliable source on the Jota story, has reported that those rumours are inaccurate and that there has been no negotiation between Celtic and the Portuguese side.

As is the case with every transfer window, the Celtic supporters will be in for a summer full of transfer links and rumours.

Paulo Bernardo isn’t the first player, and he certainly won’t be the last to have been linked with a move to Glasgow before the suggestion is quickly shut down a matter of days later.

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Postecoglou has already had to deal with this during his early Celtic days and is usually very smart in the ways he deals with media questioning surrounding the transfer window.

As always, we’ll be tracking every report and sourcing it to its origins!

In other news, “The best I’ve felt”; Celtic talent reflects on 2021/22 loan spell ahead of big season.