Turkish report: Details of Fenerbahce's official offer for Celtic-linked Vinicius Souza

By David Walton

June 22, 2022

Fenerbahce have made a formal approach to Lommel for Celtic-linked midfielder Vinicius Souza, according to Turkish outlet Yeni Safak.

The newspaper claims that Fener have put forward a €5m [£4.3m] for the Brazilian midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Belgian club KV Mechelen. In addition to that, the outlet believes Fenerbahce are also offering a future percentage of any sale they make on the midfielder.

Yeni Safak state that Lommel have yet to respond to the offer. This comes with the Belgian club reportedly looking for as much as £8m for Souza [Fotomac].

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Last week, it was reported that the midfielder had reservations about joining Celtic due to the Hoops operating in the Scottish Premiership [Sky Sports]. That’s despite the fact he spent last season on loan in the Belgian top-flight – hardly a much greater standard.

We spoke yesterday about how Ange Postecoglou won’t look to sell the club to anyone, and that includes Souza.

Should Souza move to Turkey instead of Celtic Park, he’ll be taking the same decision right-back Sacha Boey made last season when he opted for Galatasaray over the Hoops. Look how well that one turned out.

Vinicius Souza has a big decision to make – Celtic surely more attractive than Turkish football

Celtic should have an ace up their sleeve here in the UCL. We’ll automatically be in the competition next season whilst Fenerbahce are having to settle for the qualifiers. Indeed, the Turkish side will need to battle through 3 qualification rounds to reach the groups. A major ask indeed.

But there’s also another key issue that Celtic will want to address. Souza is apparently happy to wait until the end of the transfer window before making his next decision. Whilst patience is key in signing any player, the manager won’t allow ourselves to be strung along for that period of time.

There’s very much a chance here that Celtic could lose interest in Souza instead of the other way around. It all depends on how the Brazilian conducts himself over the next couple of weeks.

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Celtic should have a slight advantage in that the City Group, who Lommel are a part of, reportedly want the player to be loaned out to Parkhead [Sky Sports]. But at the same time, the final decision will be down to the player.

At this stage of the game, it’s starting to feel as though this is becoming a lot of work for the club. It’s down to Ange and the recruitment team of course to decide whether his acquisition would be worth it.

We’ll continue to update on this story as it progresses throughout the window.

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