Reported Celtic target Jonathan Mensah receives four-month ban

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Evian Thonon Gaillard defender Jonathan Mensah has reportedly been banned for four months.

Evian Thonon Gaillard defender Jonathan Mensah has received a four month ban from all football, as reported by the BBC.

Mensah, 24, has been embroiled in a controversial situation for nearly four years, having left Udinese for Evian in 2011, claiming to be a free agent.

However, Udinese have long contested that they still held the rights to Mensah's contract, making his transfer to French side Evian illegal under FIFA rules.

Now, the situation has finally been clarified as the Court of Arbitration for Sport have banned Mensah from all football for four months, meaning he will miss the start of next season as well as a vital Africa Cup of Nations qualifier for Ghana.

The ruling could also have an effect on Mensah's transfer situation, with Celtic reportedly looking to sign the centre back according to the Daily Record.

The Bhoys may need at least one centre back even before possible exits for Jason Denayer and Virgil van Dijk, but Mensah's situation could now make manager Ronny Deila change his mind over pursuing the Ghanaian, unless he is willing to take a risk on him this summer.

Evian have been relegated to the second tier of French football, so Mensah may have been looking for an exit - but this ruling by CAS may cause some problems for the former Granada loanee.

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