Celtic and Royal Antwerp are progressing with their talks regarding the purchase of Aurelio Buta. The right-back is a product of the Benfica Academy but has impressed in Belgium, making 108 appearances scoring twice, and assisting nineteen times.
According to Belgian outlet Voetbal Nieuws, Celtic and Antwerp are progressing with talks over the transfer of Buta. The 24-year-old still has a year left at the Belgian club but the Portuguese full-back would be an impressive acquisition for the Parkhead side and Celtic know that he will be available for €3.5m. Ange Postecoglou is keen on bringing the right-back to the club and the report states that the club are willing to pay up in order to secure the ex-Portuguese U20 Internationalist.
Postecoglou and new CEO Dominic McKay inherited a considerable mess from Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell after the last season and the lack of investment in the backline, excluding Starfelt, has been worrying. A right-back, another central defender and a new goalkeeper are required as soon as possible and the duo, who arrived in the summer, need to arrest the situation and make sure that they are getting quality bodies in the door. Buta would be a start.