Cruzeiro have released a statement on their official website this weekend clarifying negotiations between Celtic and the representatives of defender Fabricio Bruno.
Claiming to have not received an official bid for the player, they have also gone into detail about a meeting between the player’s agent and representatives of Celtic in London.
Cruzeiro say that there was a proposal via agent Fabio Melo that Celtic would pay €300,000 for a short-term loan between January and the end of the season, with a fee of €2.5m to follow if Fabrício Bruno was then wanted permanently.
The Brazilian club did not feel this was suitable, instead countering and seeking €1m upfront for the loan fee, then €4m for the permanent deal.
Melo claimed to the Brazilian side he was due to travel back to London on December 26th to have more negotiations and had invited Cruzeiro Director of Football Marcelo Dijan along.
It’s stated that Cruzeiro did not end negotiations.
However, as reported by The Daily Record, the player is now taking the Brazilian team to court in an effort to have his contract annulled, with the Hoops now potentially picking the defender up for free.
It’s all growing rather complicated
It sounds like our interest was at an advanced stage for the defender, with the difference in fees from the apparent negotiations not massive.
You would think if we were this keen on the centre-back, it’s unlikely we’ll let him slip through our fingers now, especially if there’s a potential bargain in the offing.
How things turn out in court is a mystery at this point, but you’d imagine that Celtic will be hoping it’s all sorted out sooner rather than later. We can’t wait around too long for targets.
Whether this meeting between Christmas and New Year now goes ahead is also unknown, with the story appearing to have taken a few twists and turns since those plans.
The 23-year-old has an exciting profile having made 58 appearances in the Brazilian top-flight and reaching double figures across the Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores (Transfermarkt).
Hopefully, we get more clarification on all this when the transfer window opens. It’d be nice to have another first-team calibre defender to add competition for places.