Transfer Update – Souza top target, no-go Semedo, Phileas Fogg latest

Well, it’s turning into another busy day in the wonderful world of Celtic through the transfer window. The latest news, according to a new report this afternoon by Football Scotland this afternoon, Alfa Semedo will not be joining Celtic from Vitoria Guimaraes this summer transfer window. The midfielder emerged as a link for the vacant defensive midfield position in Ange Postecoglou’s team, with Callum McGregor having to fill the role as well as be playmaker in the middle of the park.

The former Benfica, Reading and Nottingham Forest man had been reported to be on the verge of signing on-loan initially with an option-to-buy for around €3.5 million. Contrary to that report, the update today indicates that Celtic are going all-in to try and secure the signing of highly courted Brazilian Vinicius Souza.

This of course was reported on The Celtic Star earlier this week with Ange Postecoglou going the extra mile to bring Souza in.

Mechelen’s Alec Van Hoorenbeeck and Mechelen’s Vinicius Souza looks dejected during a soccer match between KV Mechelen and KAA Gent, Tuesday 10 May 2022 in Mechelen, on day 4 (out of 6) of the ‘Europe’ play-offs of the ‘Jupiler Pro League’ first division of the Belgian championship. BELGA PHOTO DAVID PINTENS (Photo by DAVID PINTENS / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP) (Photo by DAVID PINTENS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Holding midfielder Souza has seen interest in his employment pique recently, with Fenerbache, Club Brugge and European heavyweights Ajax and PSV also approaching the player about a possible move to the Eredivisie this close season. A towering figure in midfield, the player also boasts phenomenal defensive stats and could be the missing link to the Angeball midfield puzzle for Champions League football next year.

Whilst those talks rumble on, Football Scotland have also revealed that the deal to take wing wizard Felipe Neves ‘Phileas Fogg’ Jota from Benfica to Celtic is extremely close to its conclusion. Wage discussions are reputed to be almost settled, after Celtic fired the trigger on the £6.5 million purchase option with Benfica due 25-30% of any future sale – both percentage figures have been used with the lower one emerging recently – sounds like a bit of bargaining has been taking place, does it not?

It’s all systems go for Celtic this week!

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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