Report: Celtic could use loan-to-buy option in pursuit of Fabricio Bruno

By John McGinley

December 17, 2019

Celtic could utilise a loan-to-buy option to land Brazilian transfer target Fabricio Bruno, according to The Scottish Daily Mail (17/12 print edition, back page).

The paper say that a £3m bid was lodged with top-flight side Cruzeiro last week but that it wasn’t a satisfactory offer for the 6ft 4in defender.

Club official Marcio Rodrigues said: “This proposal came, yes, but it is not consistent with what we want. There was a little enquiry and they made a proposal, but it doesn’t come close to what we want.”

However, Mail journalist Stephen McGowan reports that Celtic are expected to return with a new offer for the player, after multiple positives reports landed on the desk of our Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond.

It’s said that a loan deal with an option to buy is under consideration from Celtic’s side.

Celtic target Fabricio Bruno / (Photo by Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images)

Celtic switch scouting focus

This link is strong enough to make clear that Celtic will be on the hunt for a quality first-team calibre defender when the transfer window opens.

Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien have done a fine job this season but we need more depth in the position with Jozo Simunovic struggling with injury and Neil Lennon admitting he sees Nir Bitton’s best position in midfield.

Whether we land Bruno or not is obviously up in the air, but 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).

South America is not an often used market for Celtic, but McGowan reports in the Scottish Daily Mail that Hammond has switched the club’s scouting focus to pursuing talents on the continent before cash-rich European sides beat us to it.

That in itself makes this report notable and hopefully we hear more about Bruno as we approach January.