Celtic has rejected an offer for Matt O’Riley from Leeds. But before Friday’s deadline, the Hoops are preparing for another bid for the midfielder.
Last week, the Celts turned down a proposal from Bologna for O’Riley because they wanted to keep him. The priority of manager Brendan Rodgers is on strengthening his team, with the £3.5 million transfer of Luis Palma from Aris expected to be finalized within the next 24 hours.
Paulo Bernardo, a midfielder for Benfica, became a potential late loan candidate for the Hoops Friday night. However, O’Riley, 22, is the subject of growing interest, with Leeds leading the pack. They are trying to recover from being demoted in the Premier League.
However, a deal to sign German midfielder Nadiem Amiri has fallen, while Norwich rejected a £4 million bid for Kenny McLean.
Glen Kamara, a midfielder for Rangers, is close to joining the Yorkshire club, and Farke wants to pair him with O’Riley, an opponent from the Old Firm.
In the following 72 hours, more offers might come in as Rodgers prepares for a busy time of transfer activity.
After Celtic and Greek team Aris agreed on a price, Honduran sensation Palma underwent his medical. Now that he has agreed to a long-term contract, the 23-year-old might make his league debut on Sunday against the Rangers.
Rodgers is still looking for several new players and might bring in a left-back and goalkeeper before the deadline on Friday. A central defender is another position he wants.
However, he might still improve in other areas, and the champions have once more been linked to Benfica youngster Bernardo.
According to reports in Portugal, Celtic has been informed that the midfielder is available for loan and has been made available for loan.
Bernardo, 21, was first connected to the Hoops last summer, but he transferred on loan to Pacos de Ferreira. He signed a contract with a €100 million release clause until 2027.
Similar to his previous Benfica teammate, Jota, Bernardo might be available for a season-long loan with the possibility of purchase at the conclusion.
The Portugal Under-21 cap has also attracted interest from Spain and Italy. However, the Hoops have given up on forward Mathias Kvistgaarden of Brondby.
The Palma deal implies that the pursuit of the Dane is now finished, as SunSport disclosed. Ismaila Soro is on the verge of joining Beitar Jerusalem, while Celtic are planning to move on from many duds.
Turkish people are interested in the Swiss outcast Albian Ajeti. James McCarthy is still with the team, but Rodgers won’t obstruct him as he considers his options. Benji Siegrist is another first-team bench player who might leave if the Celts sign a goalkeeper.