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Celtic: Scott Burns makes big Aurelio Buta claim

Celtic: Scott Burns makes big Aurelio Buta claim -Celtic

Celtic just need to agree on personal terms with right-back Aurelio Buta, according to The Daily Record’s Scott Burns.

The Lowdown: Buta profiled

Buta is 24 years of age and has been of interest to Celtic for a number of weeks now.

The Portuguese defender, who can also play further forward, has made 109 appearances for Royal Antwerp after joining back in 2018.

A former Portugal Under-20 international, Buta has less than 12 months remaining on his contract and appears to be the Hoops’ next target.

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The Latest: £3m deal agreed

According to Burns’ report late on Tuesday evening, Buta is next on Celtic’s transfer spree. A £3m deal has been agreed between Celtic and Royal Antwerp, who are still in talks over a transfer.

Burns adds that all is left is for the full-back to agree on personal terms ahead of a move to Glasgow.

Buta is on £4,500-a-week with his current employers, £1,000-a-week less than Celtic right-back Anthony Ralston.

This all goes against the claims of the media in Belgium, who suggest a deal is not as advanced as Burns believes.

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The Verdict: McKay closing in on another big-money move

Dominic McKay has helped Celtic spend relatively big during his first summer as CEO, and it seems as if Buta could be his fourth addition at £3m or over after Liel Abada, Carl Starfelt and Kyogo Furuhashi.

A new right-back is wanted by Ange Postecoglou, and you’d hope Celtic would be willing to offer Buta, who has experience in the Europa League, something Ralston doesn’t, a respectable Parkhead salary.

The Hoops man is valued at £270,000, whereas Buta’s Transfermarkt valuation is £3.15m, so you wouldn’t blame Buta for holding out for a Celtic salary greater than Ralston’s.

In other news: Loan to buy: Celtic exploring move for ‘fantastic’ ace; could be their biggest summer signing. 


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