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Celtic: Yan Couto snubs Parkhead move

Celtic: Yan Couto snubs Parkhead move -Celtic

Manchester City right-back Yan Couto has turned down the chance to sign for Celtic, according to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, translated by Sport Witness.

The Lowdown: Couto saga

Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas has been on top of the Hoops’ pursuit of Couto, claiming last Wednesday that Celtic still had hope of signing the Brazilian.

The 19-year-old attended Celtic Park last Thursday for Celtic’s Europa League qualifier against Jablonec and was reportedly pleading for a Glasgow loan after receiving the VIP treatment.

However, Thomas revealed on Monday that Celtic have now turned their attention to Legia Warsaw’s Josip Juranovic, admitting the push to sign Couto came to nothing.

The Latest: Portuguese report

According to O Jogo, relayed by Sport Witness, Liga Nos side Braga are close to signing Couto.

The report claims that the teenager actually turned down the chance to join Celtic.

He now looks set to join Braga, who won’t have the option to make a loan move permanent next summer.

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The Verdict: Celtic snubbed

It seems as if Couto snubbed CEO Dominic McKay when it came to joining Celtic, despite reports admitting he was desperate for a move to Scotland.

It shouldn’t come as a major blow, as the club have now made strides in their pursuit of Juranovic.

A £2.5m fee has been agreed for the Croatia international, who now looks set to fly to Scotland on the weekend to tie up a Parkhead move.

Ange Postecoglou wanted a right-back before the end of the window, and even though Couto turned down the chance to join the club, at least they will be getting one in Juranovic.

In other news: ‘I’m told’ – Anthony Joseph’s negative Celtic transfer update. 

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