Celtic are interested in signing Rennes defender Brandon Soppy, according to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Soppy profiled
Soppy is 19 years of age and is under contract with the Ligue 1 side until 2022.
The Latest: Romano’s Twitter post
Romano posted on Twitter on Saturday night, describing Soppy as a ‘huge talent’, with talks opened between Celtic and Rennes.
However, he appeared to make a slight mistake by claiming that Soppy was a left-back target, tweeting: “Celtic are interested in signing Brandon Soppy from Rennes [19, huge talent] as new left back. Talks opened – but there are also French clubs in the race.”
L’Equipe backed up Celtic’s interest on Sunday morning, claiming that Rennes will set the bar at €5m (£4.27m).
The Verdict: Right-back additions are needed
Following the permanent exits of Jeremie Frimpong and Hatem Elhamed earlier this year, Celtic are in need of right-back reinforcements rather quickly – Anthony Ralston is currently their only natural option in that role.
It’s an area of the pitch where Ange Postecoglou wants to recruit before the Hoops’ Champions League qualifier, and Soppy could be a better target than Sheffield United’s George Baldock, for whom Celtic were willing to pay £8m.
Celtic aren’t the only side interested in the teenager, though, so they may have to act fast and possibly pay over the odds for his services.
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