Report: River Plate's Santos Borre, linked with Celtic, agrees 4-year Bundesliga deal

By David Walton

June 30, 2021

River Plate striker Santos Borre, linked with Celtic, has agreed a four-year deal with Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt, Sky’s Max Bielefeld has reported.

The Colombian centre-forward is expected to make his final decision in the next few days. However, it looks as though Frankfurt have managed to bag a free transfer after agreeing a long-term deal.

This could come as a slight disappointment for Celtic fans after we were previously linked with a move. Football Insider stated earlier this week that the Hoops were eyeing the striker up. River Plate were said to have valued him at £15m.

But with the player’s contract up this summer, Frankfurt appear to have successfully nabbed him.

Celtic have yet to make a decision on their centre-forwards this term. Both Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths remain at the club, whilst there have been no reported advancements on any signings in the striker position.

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Rafael Santos Borre always looked an unrealistic get for Celtic

It was always going to be tough for Celtic to lure a player when there’s genuine Bundesliga interest available. Players from South America in particular will likely always be looking to move to the top European leagues whenever they can.

That looks to be what’s happening with Borre. Whilst we could’ve given him the opportunity to play in Europe and add medals to his CV, that clearly won’t be the case

Granted, there’s no confirmation that Celtic had even provided Borre with an offer. Considering Ange Postecoglou has yet to even run the rule over his strikers or see them in action yet, it would’ve been premature to make a move for Borre so quickly.

It’s also unlikely that Celtic would make such a big move before Odsonne Edouard is out the door. You have to expect the Hoops will want the money in for the Frenchman before reinvesting in another striker.

Missing out on Borre is hardly a disaster. There’s plenty of time to sort out the striking situation at Celtic Park. Celtic have hardly been known to scour the Americas for talent in any case, so signing Borre was never expected.

All eyes, however, remain on Postecoglou and how he manages the striker department.

In other news, Postecoglou is surely close to another major Celtic decision.