Celtic were among the many clubs to send scouts traipsing to Benfica’s Estadio da Luz for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, Sapo Desporto reports, but does Brendan Rodgers still hold a great deal of affection for winger Eduardo Salvio?
The Express claimed in the summer of 2015 that the now-26 year-old was headhunted by Rodgers as a primary target to take his Liverpool team to the next level despite the attacker’s buy-out clause standing at a hefty £32 million.
However, just when he appeared certain to follow a path set by Angel Di Maria and co and use Benfica as a stepping stone to one of Europe’s biggest clubs, Salvio tore his anterior cruciate ligament on the final day of the campaign, ruining the whole of his 2015/16 season.
In fact, he has only recently found form again, earning himself a new deal at Benfica earlier in the season meaning that, if Rodgers was to renew his interest at Celtic, they would have to dig deep into their financial reserves.
The fact that Celtic landed a huge £26 million for taking part in the Champions League group stage means they have more disposable income than ever to reinvest in the squad. But is it merely coincidence that Salvio started that European clash with Dortmund in front of scouts sent on behalf of the Bhoys?