Celtic nearing Paulo Bernardo transfer, according to report

Celtic are closing in on the permanent signing of Paulo Bernardo from Benfica. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan under Brendan Rodgers and is keen to commit his long term future to the Scottish Champions.

As per Record Sport, Celtic and Benfica are in talks over the fee despite a £6m option to buy clause being included in the loan agreement.

The report states that Celtic are confident that a deal can be concluded that will allow the promising midfielder to return to Paradise for next season. The player wants the move to happen as does Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and it is hoped that his return will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The midfielder made 33 appearances in all competitions, scoring four times and assisting on three occasions. Despite not having the prolific numbers of colleague O’Riley, there were flashes throughout the season of what Bernardo can become under the tutelage of Brendan.

Rodgers will be hoping that he can bring both Bernardo and another loan star back to Paradise. Adam Idah benefited from Bernardo’s shot that Butland couldn’t hold to help Celtic complete the Double. The Irishman is under contract at Norwich and there’s no option to buy so a negotiation will need to take place.

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