Report: AC Milan to move for Celtic January target Timothy Castagne

By David Walton

April 1, 2019

Serie A giants AC Milan are reportedly set to move for Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne, according to Calciomercato.

Celtic were highly-linked with the Belgium internationalist back in January. They reportedly tabled an £8.8million bid for the right-back during Brendan Rodgers’ spell at the club. Atalanta, however, apparently turned it down.

Celtic had to settle for bringing in Jeremy Toljan on loan from Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season. Whilst that hasn’t particularly worked out, Castagne has been flying at Atalanta since.

Timothy Castagne has been flying in Italy with Atalanta (Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

He’s went on to make 27 appearances for the Serie A side this term. Bagging goals against the likes of Juventus and Roma, Castagne has taken his game to another level.

And, unfortunately for Celtic, Milan could be ready to pounce. The report believes that Castagne could cost anywhere between €10m and €20m. You have to imagine that would put him well beyond our reach. And if the likes of Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan want him, we’ll do well to rival them.

Right-back issue still needs sorting

You can understand why it’s not a priority at the moment, but we still need to sort out the right-back issue.

Mikael Lustig’s future is still unresolved. Meanwhile, Cristian Gamboa’s contract is up at the end of the season along with the Swede’s. Both men could potentially depart this summer, leaving the currently injured Anthony Ralston as our only right-back.

Toljan is almost certain to go back to Borussia Dortmund too. It’s difficult to see why Celtic would decide to try and pursue a permanent deal there.

Celtic still haven’t named a permanent manager for next season (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Castagne was one of the first names we were linked with in January. And it looks as though his renaissance since then will price us out of any move for him.

It’s clear he’s impressing in Italy, and who knows who could come in for him this summer. It will be interesting to see if Celtic decide to splash out on a top drawer replacement for Lustig – something that remains essential.

But you would hardly expect the club to sign anyone on a pre-contract. Celtic are still in the process of trying to rack up a treble-treble, and there’s still no confirmation of who the permanent manager will be next season.

But whoever he is, he’s unlikely to be targeting Castagne if the Milan link proves true.