Jonathas says Champions League football could lure him to Celtic

Reported Celtic target Jonathas has spoken of his desire to play in the Champions League, outlining that Parkhead could be where he fulfils that dream.

Jonathas has revealed that the Champions League is the main draw for any potential move to Celtic, as reported by the Daily Record.

The Elche striker has explained playing on Europe’s biggest stage is his main ambition, and he thinks Celtic would be able to provide him with that because of their domination in the Scottish Premiership.

Ronny Deila has kept tabs on the 26-year-old this season and could follow up his interest by bidding for the striker in the summer, with his parent club, Pescara, reportedly wanting £4million, although it is thought a reduced fee is possible.

The Brazilian has scored 12 goals in 34 appearances – including cup competitions – this season but has also picked up nine yellow cards and one red, which is very high for a striker and could point to some potential disciplinary problems.

The majority of his professional goals have come while on loan at Elche, with his other six efforts coming for AZ Alkmaar, Pescara, and Torino, whilst he didn’t manage a single goal for Brescia.

Speaking about Celtic and the prospect of Champions League football, Jonathas was adamant that nothing had been decided, whilst praising the Scottish Premiership champions.

“I know all about Celtic, how big they are in Europe, how respected they are and about their fans,” he said.

“And they win their league, which means they are consistently qualifying for the Champions League.

“For now, nothing is decided. We do not have many games left this season, so we need to finish strongly and end up in the best possible position.

“In the summer I can sit down with my agent and look at everything.”

Champions League qualification isn’t guaranteed for the Bhoys as they have to negotiate the qualifying rounds, which proved difficult last season despite getting two attempts at it.

Deila needs to add to his striking options with the departure of on-loan John Guidetti imminent and Leigh Griffiths the only in-form option left available to him.

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