Discussion concerning potential incoming and outgoing transfers has dominated the Celtic headlines in recent days as speculation begins to intensify regarding Dedryck Boyata’s future at the club.
The former Manchester City defender was subject of a summer transfer bid from Fulham before the English window slammed shut, but the interest in his services extends across the continent according to The Scotsman. Indeed, a report from the Scottish media outlet has claimed that Sevilla’s sports director has identified Boyata as a priority target.
With the Spanish window set to shut on August 31st, there is still plenty of time for a deal to go through, but Celtic should do everything in their power to keep him at the club, unless they can complete a smart double deal.
Boyata is certainly not irreplaceable, but Celtic are lacking options in central defence so they must have a solid plan in place to deal with his departure.
And according to a recent report from the Daily Mail, the Hoops are chasing a deal for Scott McKenna, but Aberdeen will only accept an offer worth in excess of £5 million.
Meanwhile the German media outlet Bild have reported that an offer worth 7.8 million euros (£7 million) would be enough to prise Jeffrey Bruma away from Wolfsburg.
Providing that Sevilla are prepared to pay in excess of £10 million to sign Boyata, Celtic should absolutely sanction a deal and use the money to sign the aforementioned pairing.
By bringing Bruma and McKenna to the club, Brendan Rodgers would be acquiring a perfect blend between youth and experience, whilst also increasing the quantity of the options available to him in defence.
At just 21-years-of-age McKenna has already demonstrated huge potential with his physically commanding presence and composure in possession, whereas Bruma is far more established with 25 caps for Holland and a wealth of experience in both the Bundesliga and the Eredivisie to bring to the table.
The fact McKenna is left-footed and Bruma is right-footed is also a factor worth considering, as their resepeective preferences suggest the pairing could form a well balanced partnership at the heart of defence.
Considering Celtic’s current circumstances it would be a foolish decision to sell Boyata but, if they can sign both Bruma and McKenna to replace him without making anything more than a minor financial loss, they should absolutely offload him to Sevilla before August 31st.
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