Celtic January target Timothy Castagne's dad speaks on transfer ruomours
Timothy Castagne’s dad has today come out and touched on the latest transfer rumours regarding his son.
Castagne was heavily linked with Celtic back in January. Gianluca Di Marzio claimed that Celtic had an offer of £8.8m rejected for the Atalanta right-back too. But that also came at a time when he was struggling to get into the Serie A high-flyers’ side.
Castagne went on to play 25 times in the second half of the campaign. He helped Atalanta finish third ahead of Inter Milan, and reached the Coppa Italia final too. Since the Celtic bid, his stock has risen. He’s been linked with a move to the likes of Napoli (Il Mattino), so it’s fair to say his reputation has grown.
And according to Dutch newspaper HBVL via Sport Witness, Castagne’s father Pierre opened up on the interest.
“Tim has a lot of offers. With his agent, we put it before Timothy and he will choose.
“Crystal Palace? He has always loved English football. Atalanta will play in the Champions League next season, but in the Premier League you have a match every week as if it were in the Champions League. We’ll see.”
Celtic have lost their carrot
If Celtic were even still thinking of going for Castagne, we’ve lost our one carrot of Champions League football.
Castagne’s current side, Atalanta, will go straight into the group stages next season. Their place at the top table is secure. For us, however, we have four qualification rounds before we can get to the same stage as the Serie A outfit.
If Castagne has a lot of offers like his father says, it likely won’t be from us. Celtic have been heavily linked with a move for Sheffield United’s George Baldock (Daily Mail via Scottish Sun). Considering he’s into the final year of his contract, we could be looking at a bargain deal here.
There have been no reports about Celtic’s interest in Castagne since the January window ended. No follow-ups from the Hoops have been reported, and it feels we’ve turned our attention elsewhere as it stands.
Castagne’s dad, meanwhile, seemed to be pushing a move for his son to the English Premier League. Interestingly, however, there are no viable reports that Crystal Palace are even interested in Castagne. His name-dropping of the Eagles was a tad odd.
In any case, a move to Glasgow looks so far-fetched these days. When we sign our right-back reinforcements over the summer, don’t expect Castagne to be one of them.