Anthony Joseph of Sky Sports has made a disappointing claim regarding Celtic’s pursuit of Vitoria S.C. midfielder Alfa Semedo.
The Scottish champions have already welcomed five new faces through the door at Celtic Park this summer, as they look to retain their title next season. Those five names being, of course, Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers, who have joined on permanent deals, and Alexandro Bernabei, Daizen Maeda, and Benjamin Siegrist.
It seemed as now a sixth name was on the verge of making his way through the doors, too. According to Portuguese outlet Diario de Transferencias, via Football Scotland, a loan deal has been agreed upon, and a contract is in place with an obligation to buy.
However, speaking to GiveMeSport, Joseph quickly shut down the rumours, saying: “I think the Portuguese media were reporting that a loan deal and a fee had been agreed [for Semedo].
“We don’t believe that to be the case. As far as I’m led to believe Celtic are not pursuing the signing of Semedo.”
TIF Thoughts on Joseph’s Comments…
Going by what Joseph has said, there doesn’t seem to be a deal in any shape or form for Semedo to make the move to Celtic. For now, the Hoops’ transfer tally remains at five ahead of the new campaign. And Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou should be satisfied with that.
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The Australian had a title winning squad last season, and has now added to it. All logic suggests that his side should be the favourites for the Scottish crown once more come the start of the season, where his side will also hope to compete on all fronts.
So far in pre-season, they’ve beaten FC Wiener Viktoria and Banik Ostrava, whilst also drawing against Blackburn Rovers, and Rapid Wien. Next up, they face Legia Warsaw, before ending their pre-season against Norwich City.
With still a few weeks to go, there is still plenty of time to get new faces in before the campaign begins, however, we think fans will be pleased the Bhoys prioritised the signings of Carter-Vickers and Jota first.