Celtic had looked to make a number of additions in the January transfer window to strengthen their squad and the majority of them appear to have proved rather successful.
However, they failed to land Timothy Castagne in winter as they looked to improve their options at right-back and brought in Jeremy Toljan from Borussia Dortmund instead.
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The Belgium international has since spoken about the interest from the Bhoys in him and has revealed that Atalanta had asked the Scottish Premiership champions-elect for more money.
Speaking to Het Laatste Nieuws (via Sport Witness), he said: “Concrete. Atalanta suddenly asked for more money. €12million to €15million (£10.3m to £12.9m) for a player who had not played ten games at the time… That’s a lot of money.”
Missing out on Castagne is something that Celtic may come to regret, although it would have been difficult to argue against the club’s decision not to pay what Atalanta told them they wanted for him.
As mentioned, Celtic decided to pursue a move temporary deal for Toljan instead of Castagne, however, that switch does not appear to have solved their right-back issues as the German has since been dropped from the side.
The 23-year-old is the type of full-back that Lennon’s side could certainly have made use of as he can drive forward with the ball and offers a real attacking threat from the back. The Belgium international is not shy in front of goal as he has three strikes to his name, whilst he has also provided his team-mates with five assists as well.
With Toljan set to head back to Dortmund in the summer and Mikael Lustig’s future in doubt, Celtic must look to head back into the transfer market for a right-back, however, whether Castagne will be within their budget remains to be seen.
Celtic fans, what do you make of Castagne’s comments? Do you think the club were right not to pay the money that Atalanta wanted for him in January? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.
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