Reports in recent weeks had led Celtic fans to believe that they were in pole position to secure the signature of Jason Denayer, but official confirmation from Manchester City earlier today confirmed that the Belgium international will not be re-signing for the club.
Indeed, Denayer has joined Lyon on a permanent deal following 5 years at Manchester City in which he failed to make a single senior appearance for the club. After completing a successful loan spell with the Hoops during the 2014/15 campaign in which he was awarded two individual awards for his high quality performances, the Celtic supporters were naturally enticed by the idea of welcoming Denayer back to Celtic Park.
The fact he has opted to join Lyon naturally arrives as a disappointment to Celtic who are still in desperate need of a new centre-back, but recent reports from Germany suggest they have a perfect opportunity to immediately put the Denayer disappointment behind them.
According to Bild, Wolfsburg’s Jeffrey Bruma is surplus to requirements at the club and an offer of just 7.8 million euros (£7 million) would be enough to secure his signature.
If those reports ultimately prove to be true then Celtic have an ideal opportunity to bring a fantastic central defender to the club.
Bruma (valued at £5.4 million by Transfermarkt) is a commanding physical presence to be reckoned with: he is excellent in the air, strong in the tackle and composed in one vs one situations, and his ability in this regard makes him an excellent candidate to thrive in the SPFL.
The only major concern for Celtic relates to his injury problems which served to tarnish the end of his 2016/17 season and rule him out of the majority of the 2017/18 campaign.
After suffering from such a nightmare knee injury it’s always difficult to anticipate how a player will return, but the fact he has never relied on pace suggests he will return to his best form in a matter of months.
Naturally, the supporters would need to be patient with Bruma as he is far from match fit at this moment in time, but if they are willing to allow him adequate time to settle there’s no doubt the Netherlands international would blossom into a key player at Celtic and make supporters forget all about their pursuit of Denayer.
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