Controversy in France as touted Celtic target changes his mind at the last moment on €7m transfer to Brest

It’s been difficult to figure out how credible a lot of Celtic’s transfer rumours have been this summer.

Plenty of forward thinking players have been linked with a move, but it does feel like they were all potential replacements for Odsonne Edouard or Mohamed Elyounoussi.

It now looks like both players will be at the club for next season, so signing a back up player for a big fee just didn’t make sense.

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Clermont striker Adrien Grbic had been linked with a big money move to Celtic by Get Football News France a few weeks ago, after an impressive season where he scored 17 goals and was incredible from set pieces.

There was never any indication that a transfer to Glasgow was close, and it’s now impossible after a more recent report confirmed he’s signed for Ligue 1 newcomers Lorient.

It’s an interesting story because they suggest that he had given his word to Brest that he would be joining them in a deal worth up to €7m.

Everything changed at the last moment when Lorient agreed to up their offer to €10m, and it now sounds like the player has agreed to join them instead.

He could’ve been an interesting signing for Celtic, especially if Elyounoussi hadn’t agreed to come back, but it would also be a big gamble to spend that much on someone who’s coming from a lower level.

The French market has been good to Celtic and it will be interesting to follow his development. It’s possible he will excel at the higher level and earn a bigger move, but the price tag will likely be out of Celtic’s range.

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