Report: Celtic may return for promising left-back Romain Perraud, wanted by Zidane

By Euan Davidson

March 4, 2021

Celtic are still interested in French left-back Romain Perraud, according to reports.

The Mirror report that Perraud is still on Celtic’s radar. The left-back is also interesting Leeds, whose Director of Football Victor Orta is very keen to bolster the Whites’ defence.

Celtic were originally linked in 2019 [L’Equipe], with Stade Brest snaffling the now 23-year-old instead. The Bhoys turned their attentions to Boli Bolingoli and Greg Taylor instead, with mixed results.

The outlet quoted the Ligue 1 star, who said [Mirror]:

“I don’t dwell on [speculation] too much, I have a contract with Brest.

“I’m fine here and then we’ll see what happens next.”

In January, Defensa Central claimed that Perraud was of interest to compatriot Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid manager. The source claimed:

“The 23-year-old Frenchman is having a spectacular season at Stade Brestois, and [Los Blancos’] scouts have been following him for several months to recommend him to the Blancos’ management.

“This season he has played a total of 18 games, has scored three goals and has distributed five assists. Real Madrid has him in its sights precisely because of these stats. He is also a young footballer and he still has a lot to prove.”

Romain Perraud, while playing for Paris FC / (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Celtic will need a new left-back; Romain Perraud fits the bill

A left-sided player who can play in defence or midfield, Perraud has been mightily impressive so far this term. He has been involved in 8 goals over 26 Ligue 1 appearances; an impressive return for a full-back.

He would, however, represent a significant outlay for the Bhoys. Valued at £7.2m on Transfermarkt, Stade Brest will likely want at least double that for a player they spent just £1.8m on two seasons ago.

Celtic will have been convinced Bolingoli was the man to go for at the time. Sadly, that hasn’t worked out. Although the Belgian defender has potential, it’s his conduct that has alienated Celtic supporters.

Greg Taylor has had a decent season, while Diego Laxalt joined on loan from AC Milan and is unlikely to stay permanently.

Celtic will need a new left-back regardless. While it’s an interesting link, it seems unlikely.

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