Sky Sports provide update on Aurelio Buta to Celtic

By John McGinley

August 6, 2021

Sky Sports report that Royal Antwerp could value Aurelio Buta as worth more than the £4.5m fee currently being discussed.

The broadcaster believes Celtic are still in talks to sign the former Benfica man and are preparing a formal bid.

However, it’s apparently still unclear how much the Belgian side are holding out for.

Celtic have other options to turn to should a move for Buta not come off, including Legia Warsaw talent Josip Juranovic, the report states.

Bringing in a right-back has been a struggle for the Bhoys so far this summer despite the urgent need.

Deals have been completed for a goalkeeper, centre-back, midfielder, winger and striker in the time it’s taken to address the position.

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Celtic will know one is needed, with only Anthony Ralston currently available.

On the subject of transfers, Postecoglou said on BBC Sportsound last night [05/08, 18:43]: “I don’t want to put timelines on it, because we’re working on things. There certainly will be additions. I still think we need to bring in some reinforcements, we still don’t have a lot of depth in certain areas.

“Some players are just playing every game because I just don’t have alternatives at the moment. At some point, that’s going to take its toll, because we’ve got a lot of games, particularly through August. So we still need to bring players in.

“Timelines are a bit difficult because of the situation we’re in. I’m hopeful that sort of, next week, we’ll have at least a couple more players in.”

Reading between the lines, it certainly sounds like a new right-back is next on the menu. Ralston is one of the players who has been forced to start every match.

Hopefully a deal for Buta, Juranovic, or really and frankly whoever, can be completed as soon as possible.

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