Celtic and AC Milan failed to agree an option-to-buy fee for Uruguayan left-back Diego Laxalt, Sky Sports reports (Deadline Day blog, 21:36).
The Hoops tonight announced the signing of the defender on a season-long loan deal, with Neil Lennon finally bagging some quality competition for Greg Taylor.
Sky Sports had previously revealed earlier in the day that Celtic had been trying to negotiate a fee that would give them the option of signing him permanently next summer. A figure of £9million had been reported.
However, it appears they haven’t been able to come to an agreement with the Serie A giants.
It remains to be seen if something can be agreed further down the line, with Celtic likely looking for a permanent replacement for Boli Bolingoli in the long-term.
Sorting things out for the 10 is all that matters
It would’ve been ideal if we could’ve sorted our left-back issue out for the long-term, but that’s being greedy.
We’ve always been battering on at 67HailHail about how 10-in-a-row should be the single most important thing for the club this season. So it would be hypocritical of us to have a pop at Celtic for not getting someone in that looks past that.
The Hoops have every right not to commit to a fee as high as £9m too. After all, we haven’t ever spent that much on a defender in our history, so Laxalt would have to have some season in green-and-white to pursuade the board to agree to that.
But it’s important to look at the positives here. Laxalt is exactly what we needed down the left, as his attributes suggest he’ll be an efficient option in either a back four or as a wing-back in a 3-5-2.
Celtic fans will be hoping he can slot right in for the upcoming Glasgow derby vs Rangers in two weeks’ time. But even if he isn’t, it’s job done by the Parkhead board this summer.