One rumoured transfer target that had been widely reported as one Celtic were considering – Ola Solbakken of Bodø/Glimt – has stepped up talks with new Europa Conference League champions, Roma as they attempt to bolster their squad for next season in Serie A and Europe.
Josè Mourinho had the pleasure to watch the Scandanavian in full-flow as he tore his Roma side to shreds in the group stage of Uefa’s inaugural launch of the new European competition. Solbakken was exceptional on the right-wing as he and his teammates destroyed the Romans 6-1. Quite the humbling for a man so used to winning and is known for his mean defensive records.
With Celtic looking to reveal Jota permanently to the Celtic supporters over the coming days, it now looks like our Plan B will be heading to the Italian capital. Celtic had been offered the player last summer before opting to sign our pint-sized goal machine, Liel Abada. I’m sure not too many people will be complaining after how that one turned out. Liel was phenomenal this season and it is extremely pertinent to remember he’s only just 20-years-old. The ceiling for the wee Israeli is very high indeed.
Any Celtic interest in Ola Solbakken this summer is thought to have been as a back-up should the deal to sign Jota on a permanent contract collapse. Thankfully that worst case scenario is set to be avoided shortly and with Jota wearing the Hoops while in New York on holiday it seems that he’s giving us the clearest hint of all that he’s planning on signing that Celtic contract.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano confirmed that talks are progressing with Roma via Twitter:
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 6, 2022