Report: Lazio enter hunt for Celtic target Valentin Rosier

By Euan Davidson

June 22, 2021

Celtic need to beat Lazio in their pursuit for right-back Valentin Rosier.

That’s according to The Laziali, who claim that I Biancoceleste are joining the chase for the Sporting Lisbon full-back. There are other competitors for the Beskitas loanee, including Marseille, who have been reportedly quoted a €7m fee.

The report claims that Besiktas have the chance to sign him first, before selling him on for a profit. They’re able to pick up the full-back for just €4m, in a situation that recalls Jack Hendry’s loan at Oostende.

The 24-year-old Frenchman was vital to Besiktas during his 20-21 loan spell. Rosier played over 3,000 minutes [Transfermarkt] for the Turks, who won 20-21’s Super Lig title on goal difference [ESPN].

Adept at playing on either side of defence, or midfield, Rosier has excellent defensive instincts, as well as providing an attacking threat. In 20-21, Rosier averaged a fantastic 2.2 tackles and 2.1 interceptions in 33 Super Lig games [WhoScored?]. He was also successful with over 80% of his passes, making nearly 1 key pass per 90. For comparison, Jonjoe Kenny made 1.6 tackles and interceptions over 90 minutes in the Scottish Premiership.

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While he’d be an expensive signing by Celtic standards, the evidence suggests he’s worth it. It’s also more than noteworthy that both Marseille and Lazio, who tend to recruit well (barring Olivier Ntcham), are interested in the French right back.

While Rosier has been unable to break into Sporting CP’s side, that’s no knock on his abilities. The form of Spanish international Pedro Porro saw Rosier loaned out to Besiktas, but that loan move may have paid off for all parties. It certainly raised Rosier’s value, while Besiktas benefitted massively from his presence in their title-winning defence.

It’d be satisfying to beat Lazio to the signing of Valentin Rosier

For obvious reasons, it’s always nice to beat Lazio.

We did so in the Europa League in 19-20, and pipping them to key signings would also represent a significant boost. Lazio may have finished a disappointing 6th last season [BBC], but they are still one of the big names in Italian football.

Valentin Rosier at the Super Lig title presentation / (BSR Agency/Getty Images)

More than capable of playing as a traditional right-back or a wing-back, Rosier may be able to give Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou tactical flexibility. Primarily used as a right-back at Besiktas, the Frenchman provided 6 assists, and even scored one of his own in Super Lig action.

Of course, Besiktas’ presence in negotiations makes things tricker. However, just as Oostende could pick up Jack Hendry to sell him on, it seems likely the Turkish champions could well do the same.

Certainly, from Celtic’s point of view, the right-back slot needs strengthening. Anthony Ralston had his contract extension triggered, but supporters aren’t entirely keen on the Academy graduate.

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