Report: Fiorentina to fail in bid for Celtic target Robert Gumny

By David Walton

August 15, 2019

Robert Gumny’s future is certainly up in the air, with Fiorentina reportedly readying a bid for him.

Thankfully for Celtic, it’s been reported by the Daily Record this afternoon that it looks set to be turned down.

The Serie A side’s offer is reportedly around €5m (£4.5m). They’re also apparently happy to give their own defender, Gilberto, over to Lech as part of the deal. However, the Record states that Poznan won’t be willing to carry out a player-plus-cash deal.

Robert Gumny appears to be highly-rated in Poland (Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Instead, the figures being reported are between £6m-£7m. It remains to be seen if that’s enough to scare Fiorentina away from making another offer.

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Celtic have to be wise in their move for another right-back. If they’re looking for a quality addition to rival Hatem Abd Elhamed, they can’t make a mess of their next arrival.

Poznan’s unwillingness to do a player-plus-cash deal doesn’t matter. Celtic wouldn’t go down that route with any of their top stars anyway.

Gumny missed plenty of matches last season after having knee surgery (Pawel Jaskolka /PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

But given the fact Gumny missed a total of 23 matches last season due to injury, that’s quite the figure. Celtic have also failed to qualify for the Champions League this season too, so £6m-£7m becomes a lot more money to the club than had we qualified.

It remains to be seen if Fiorentina’s reported offer for Gumny whips Celtic into action. The club has almost been silent on any incoming players since being knocked out by Cluj on Tuesday. But we all know there’s a clear need for a right-back AND left-back for that matter.

According to the Record’s report, Lennon is still targeting several positions to strengthen before the window shuts on September 2nd. Despite the Champions League failure, the Record states the club requires a midfielder, striker, and goalkeeper respectively.

How big is Neil Lennon’s shopping list now? (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It’s fair to say that it seems highly unlikely that we strengthen in all of those areas. But there is most certainly no denying that we need to secure signings in most of them.

As for Gumny, Poznan’s manager Dariusz Zuraw expects to have him in his squad for their trip to Arka Gdynia (Glos Wielkopolski). It’s a case of watch this space, but with no reported offer as of yet from Celtic, it feels like we need to move quickly here if we want him.