Report: Celtic linked with four-cap Argentinian right-back Fabricio Bustos

By Euan Davidson

August 6, 2021

Celtic have been linked with Argentinian right-back Fabricio Bustos, by a report from France.

French website Homme du Match insist that Celtic and RC Lens are in for the 25-year-old full-back. Bustos, who won a Copa Sudamerica with Independiente in 16-17, is said to be available for under €4m.

According to the report, the Bhoys are in “pole position” to land the Argentine. Brazilian club Santos are also keen on Bustos, capped 4 times by Argentina.

Bustos made his Argentina bow in 2018, tangling with Lionel Messi in the process [Clarin]. By his own admission, Bustos was “too strong” on the now-free agent and footballing icon.

Clearly lacking fear, Bustos can play at right-back, further up on the flank, and on the left [Transfermarkt]. In 154 games, Bustos has found his man for an assist on 15 occasions.

What this says about Celtic’s other reported targets is unclear. Aurelio Buta had been discussed earlier this week, with reports suggesting [Daily Record] that the Bhoys had agreed a deal with Royal Antwerp for his signature.

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While Anthony Ralston has improved in recent games, right-back is still a problem area for Celtic. The Bhoys’ next-best option is Lee O’Connor, who spent last season on loan with Tranmere Rovers.

Could Celtic land Argentine international Fabricio Bustos?

Not for nothing, it’s probably worth pointing out the same source linked Celtic with Diego Costa. However, this seems like a more realistic report.

Bustos seems well-equipped to handle Ange Postecoglou’s tactical needs. Versatile full-backs who can rove up the wing are integral to what Ange is trying to achieve at Celtic. Bustos is very much that.

He also comes with excellent experience. Training alongside Argentina’s finest, and with a very good Independiente side, more than qualifies him to play in Scotland.

He’s also a winner, as his Copa Sudamerica medal proves. Certainly, he’d be an interesting pick, albeit a relatively obscure one for European audiences.

Funnily enough, RC Lens’ Clement Michelin was named by 67 Hail Hail as a tactical fit for Postecoglou’s system. He’s since signed for AEK Athens [Transfermarkt]. It’ll be legitimately interesting to see how he fares in Greece.

In any event, Celtic need right-backs. That’s been the case since before Jeremie Frimpong left the club.

Will this report come to fruition? It’s far too early to tell. But Bustos’ name is a very intriguing one, to say the least.

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