Celtic wanted new Chelsea signing Papy Djilobodji, claims his advisor

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Newly-signed Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji could have joined Scottish Premiership champions Celtic in the summer transfer window.

Celtic could have signed Papy Djilobodji from Nantes in the summer transfer window, the defender’s advisor has told The Scottish Sun.

Djilobodji left French outfit Nantes to join Premier League champions Chelsea on transfer deadline day for a fee reported by The Scottish Sun to be worth as much as £4 million.

“Celtic made a genuine offer for Papy, but it presented two concerns,” the 26-year-old’s advisor, Mouhamed Gueye, told The Scottish Sun.

“It was firstly bound up with the sale of their central defender Van Dijk. Secondly, their offer was less interesting financially.”

Virgil van Dijk joined the Saints from Scottish Premiership champions Celtic on a five-year contract in the summer transfer window.

According to BBC Sport, Premier League outfit Southampton had to pay the Bhoys a transfer fee of £11.5 million for the services of the Dutch centre-back.

As a direct replacement for the Dutchman, Celtic recruited Jozo Simunovic from Dinamo Zagreb on transfer deadline day. The 21-year-old is a Croatia Under-21 international and is highly rated and talented.

Celtic will return to Scottish Premiership action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Aberdeen away from home at the Pittodrie Stadium.

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