Report: Celtic pull out of race to sign Jonathan Mensah due to FIFA ban

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Celtic are no longer looking to sign Jonathan Mensah.

According to the Daily Record, Celtic are no longer keen on signing Jonathan Mensah, as his four-month FIFA ban continuing into next season.

Currently turning out for Evian in Ligue 1, Mensah’s contract expires at the end of this season, but he is not able to play for the next four months due to a ban imposed after his move to the French club from Udinese.

He was said to still be contracted to the Italian side when his move went through as a free agent, and the ban has been upheld, meaning whoever signs him this summer will have to deal with the final three months of his ban.

Mensah, 24, is a Ghanaian international central defender, who has won 36 caps for his nation. He made 12 appearances for Evian this term, and Ronny Deila was said to be targeting him by Sport365, as a replacement for Jason Denayer, who is set to return to Manchester City this summer.

However, the Daily Record report claims that the Bhoys are revaluation their position due to Mensah’s ban, and have pulled out of the running to sign him, as he will miss important Champions League qualifiers, as well as some of the potential group stage ties.

Despite this report, quotes in the article from a source close to Mensah claim that Celtic are still interested in the centre-back, even with the ban hanging over him.

The source said: “Celtic are still interested in Jonathan despite this ban by the CAS. They want to have him, so this ruling is just a temporary setback.”

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