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Celtic: Christopher Jullien deal falls through ‘last minute’

Celtic: Christopher Jullien deal falls through ‘last minute’ -Celtic News

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien’s proposed switch to Schalke is off, according to Sport 1 (via Sport Witness). 

The lowdown: Move on…

Having fallen out of favour at Parkhead, the 29-year-old is believed to be seeking more regular first-team football after returning to full fitness following a spate of wretched luck with injuries.

Amidst interest from Schalke, Jullien had already flown to Germany in order to complete a lengthy medical with the newly promoted Bundesliga side ahead of a mooted £1.5million loan move with an option to buy.

However, despite Fabrizio Romano claiming it was more or less a ‘done deal’ with the formalities all but sealed and a ‘contract to be signed later today (Wednesday)’ , Jullien is now expected to return to Glasgow and the Hoops’ ranks…

The latest: Move off…

As per Sport 1, translated by SW, Jullien’s departure has collapsed for the time being.

It’s claimed that the deal has ‘fallen through at the last minute’ having already undergone a medical check.

The report states that Jullien – who was lauded for a ‘absolutely outstanding’ display in an Old Firm victory in September 2019 by reputable journalist Kieran Devlin – and Schalke director Rouven Schroder failed to find a ‘common denominator’ in negotiations.

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The verdict: Mind made up

It appears that there is no way back into Ange Postecoglou’s plans for the £4.05million valued Jullien now, particularly as the Bhoys were almost instantaneously linked with Malick Thiaw as a replacement, and finding another suitor during the transfer window should be the priority for all parties.

Not helped by the injuries, the 6 foot 3 Frenchman has been usurped in the pecking order at Celtic Park by Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt and academy prospect Stephen Welsh, only making one solitary appearance last season as a result.

Nobody would benefit from keeping an unhappy and unwanted Jullien at Lennoxtown, therefore the club should help in the process of finding a suitable move away that will also see a timely boost to the Hoops’ own coffers after the confirmed arrival of Alexandro Bernabei from Lanus.

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