Report: Celtic have back-up plan in place should Jota stay with Benfica

By David Walton

April 27, 2022

Celtic have a superb back-up plan in place should Jota stay with Benfica as they would then turn to Bodo/Glimt’s Ola Solbakken, the Scottish Daily Mail reports [Print edition, 27/04, back page].

The Hoops reportedly turned down a move for the player last summer. However, Solbakken’s agent has already confirmed that he’ll look to move to a bigger club when his contract expires at the end of 2022 [Daily Express].

Given his contract situation, Solbakken likely wouldn’t cost a great deal. And the Daily Mail believe it’s a transfer Celtic are interested in getting done should they fail to get a move for Jota over the line.

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Despite the Norwegian’s fine form with Bodo/Glimt this season, there haven’t been a host of transfer stories surrounding the player. Jose Mourinho’s Roma have been linked with a move by outlets in Norway [Dagbladet]. Outside of that, however, things have been quiet.

Solbakken tormented Celtic in the Europa Conference League, bagging a goal and an assist as Bodo/Glimt knocked us out via a convincing 5-1 aggregate success.

Celtic will still hope to get a move for Jota over the line this summer of course. It’s been claimed that the option-to-buy fee included in his loan deal sits at £6million [Daily Record].

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Ola Solbakken to Celtic would be an incredible piece of business

This would undoubtedly be an incredible move and exactly the kind of option we should be targeting for UCL football.

Solbakken has already been racking up the numbers for Bodo/Glimt this season. He’s notched 8 goals and 5 assists in only 19 appearances – 7 of those goals coming in the Europa Conference League [Transfermarkt].

It’s not unfair on Celtic left-back Greg Taylor to say that he was given a torrid time against the powerful Norwegian. Solbakken’s dribbling ability and his finishing touch were both on show against Celtic. It’s been a key reason as to why Bodo/Glimt have continued to be successful despite selling several of their top players in the summer.

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More clubs will likely pick up interest in Solbakken the closer we get to the summer. However, nobody should dismiss the carrot of UCL football we’ll have available to us. Not even Roma will be able to tempt Solbakken with that next year.

Nevermind this being a back-up plan, there’s no reason not to move for Solbakken regardless. This is something 67HailHail have picked up on in the past. We’ll see if anything comes of it.

But for many, the priority will be securing Jota for the long-term.

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