A Christopher Jullien transfer to Celtic could be on the cards, with the Hoops reportedly preparing an offer for the Frenchman.
According to the Scotsman, the Hoops are set to try and strike a deal after holding initial talks last week. The centre-back is one of a number of defensive names to have been linked with the club over the last several weeks.
Celta Vigo are also reportedly keen on making a move for the Toulouse man. No reports of any bids from the Spaniards have surfaced, however. The Scotsman also believes that other clubs have registered an interest in the Frenchman.
The stumbling block? Toulouse have apparently slapped a £10million price-tag on their star man. Jullien made 35 appearances for the Ligue 1 side last season. He scored one goal, and managed to be part of nine clean sheets. Toulouse finished the campaign in 16th position, meaning they are nowhere near European football next season.
Celta Vigo, meanwhile, finished 17th in La Liga. Neither side can offer Jullien the potential Champions League or even Europa League football Celtic could.
Christopher Jullien transfer exactly what Celtic need
This is the kind of signing that would ease many supporter’s concerns. We all knew Celtic had been in initial talks, but it’s good to see the club could be pushing ahead with a deal for Jullien.
Interestingly, however, the £10m rating Toulouse apparently have for him is a problem. Celtic surely won’t go out and splash a club record fee on Jullien. If they did, it would probably be welcomed, but we still have a variety of other signings to make this summer too.
One thing Neil Lennon hasn’t cleared up, meanwhile, is whether Celtic are after one or two centre-backs this summer. Considering his arrival could mark a clean slate for everyone, that could easily include the likes of Jack Hendry and Marvin Compper. Lennon’s silence on how many centre-backs he wants leaves our goals open to interpretation.
But Jullien signing on in Glasgow would ease the pressure at centre-back. It would leave us ideally needing one more in, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Celtic carried on with just one in the door.
A solid replacement for Dedryck Boyata is the main goal. When Filip Benkovic finishes up with Croatia under-21s in Italy this summer, that’s another potential route for the club to go down if they see fit.
The prospect of Jullien, however, remains an intriguing one. Will Celtic go close to that £10m figure? Nobody really knows, but it would be a surprise.