Haggling over Soro transfer fee as Celtic’s next signing waits in Departures

DESPITE Celtic having reached an agreement with both player and club, Ismaila Soro’s move to the Scottish Champions is currently being held up due to a dispute between the player’s representatives and Bnei Yehuda over their respective share of the transfer fee.

Ismaila played his final game for Bnei Yehuda yesterday in the 1-0 quarter final win in the Israeli Cup and will now be eager to board his flight and head to Glasgow. But he’s currently stuck in the middle of a dispute over the split in the transfer fee as this representatives are believed to have a stake in the player and have still to agree their percentage with the bosses at Bnei Yehuda.

Celtic allowed the player to play an additional game last night and in doing so provided Soro with a chance to say his goodbyes to his teammates and the supporters. Now though he’ll be anxious to get the wrangling sorted out so that he can make his way to Paradise and then onto Firhill to watch his new teammates begin their defence of the Scottish Cup, a trophy that has been won by Celtic for the past three seasons.

A statement issued by Bnei Yehuda seem to indicate that the dispute is far from being resolved. “It’s impossible to know at the moment whether Ismaila Soro will be in the squad for our next game against Hapoel Kfar Saba on Monday or not.”

The club’s manager  Elisha Levy broke the news at the start of the week that Celtic had reached agreement with Bnei Yehuda to sign Ismaila Soro but at that stage the dispute between the club and the player’s representatives was unknown.  That needs to be sorted out and quickly or the Celtic millions might not be there for them to argue over.


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