Report: Fabricio Bruno could join Celtic for free

By John McGinley

December 23, 2019

Celtic could land Brazilian defensive target Fabricio Bruno for free if he is successful in voiding his contract at Cruzeiro, The Scottish Sun report.

The paper say that the 23-year-old is unhappy with his team due to not being paid wages and is now suing the club to rip up his current contract.

It’s said that representatives of the £3m-rated player have already held discussion with the Scottish champions about potentially signing him on a loan-to-buy basis.

Manager Neil Lennon is apparently on the hunt for a defender to compete for places with Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien, with that pairing forming a formidable partnership this season so far.

However, there’s a lack of depth beyond them and adding another centre-back into the mix would significantly boost Lennon’s options heading into the second half of the campaign.

Celtic look to be on the verge of capitalising on Bruno’s situation here, given his apparent desire to ditch South America for a move to Europe.

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

It’s not a market that the Hoops have found much success in over the years, but perhaps Nick Hammond’s work revamping our scouting set-up can pay off, starting with the arrival of Bruno.

To date, the manager nor the club have said anything about the apparent negotiations for the players, but perhaps Lennon will be asked in his press conference.

It’d certainly be interesting to hear his take on the situation since all the messaging so far has come from Brazil.

Celtic likely won’t want to wait around too long to get certainty on the player’s situation. No doubt the club has sourced a variety of potential defensive recruits ahead of next month.