Despite Celtic’s defiance that one of their key men will be remaining at Celtic Park, it appears another side have joined the race for him.
The 27-year-old has attracted plenty of attention following his performances for the Bhoys and Belgium and has cast some doubt over his time in Scotland.
The defender has just 12 months left on his current deal with the Scottish champions and it remains to be seen if he will extend it.
The deadline in Spain is set at 11pm, which will give Celtic a nervy night as their cut off time for bringing players to Celtic Park is 5pm.
Villarreal have identified Boyata as their main replacement should Victor Ruiz complete a deal to Zenit St. Petersburg.
However, Celtic have been adamant that they will not let their £1.8m-rated enforcer, as per Transfermarkt, leave the club this summer as they see him vital to their first-team plans.
But, with the Spanish market not closing until 11pm and talks having been accelerated, it appears that there is still time for a deal to go through, although the Bhoys will need to find their own replacement before 5pm this evening (Friday).
Celtic fans – thoughts?