Celtic to complete €3,5m signing of Antwerp right-back Aurélio Buta today according to Belgian journalist

Celtic will today finalise a deal to sign Antwerp right back Aurélio Buta for €3,5m according to a report by Belgian journalist Florian Holsbeek.

The 24 year-old full-back is a product of the Benfica Academy has impressed during his time in Belgium, making 108 appearances scoring twice, and assisting nineteen times.

BRUGGE, BELGIUM – MAY 16: Aurelio Buta of Antwerp looks dejected during the Jupiler Pro League Champions play-offs match day 4 between Club Brugge and Royal Antwerp FC on May 16, 2021 in Brugge. Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport

As we reported yesterday via Belgian outlet Voetbal Nieuws, Celtic and Antwerp were progressing with talks over the transfer. Buta, who still has a year left at the Belgian club 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.

ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM – MAY 13: Aurelio Buta of Antwerp battles for the ball with Noa Lang of Club Brugge during the Jupiler Pro League Champions play-offs match day 3 between Royal Antwerp FC and Club Brugge on May 13, 2021 in Antwerpen, Belgium. Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport

Now it looks like this deal is going to be completed today and Buta could be in the starting line-up at Tynecastle on Saturday evening for the Scottish Premiership opener.

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