Report: Besiktas want Celtic's Dedryck Boyata to replace £30m-rated player

Brendan Rodgers, manager of Celtic looks on ahead of the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The future of Celtic's Scottish Premiership champion Dedryck Boyata is up for debate again with Besiktas linked.

Dedryck Boyata of Celtic looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic at Red Bull Arena Wals-Siezenheim on October 4, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria.

Would Celtic have been better off just accepting the £9 million Fulham offered for Dedryck Boyata in the summer transfer window, as reported by the Times?

It is well documented that Boyata is out of contract at the end of this season and, according to HLN, Celtic could now be forced to let him go for a cut-price fee in January, with Brendan Rodgers allegedly given up on tying him down to a new contract.

 

After helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals and starring as Celtic won successive domestic trebles, the former Manchester City defender has been linked with a whole host of clubs.

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According to Turkish Football, Besiktas are at the front of the queue right now. It is understood that the 2017 Super Lig champions are weighing up a January move for the 28-year-old, and signing Boyata looks like a priority.

Youssouf Mulumbu of Celtic speaks with Dedryck Boyata of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic at Red Bull Arena Wals-Siezenheim on October 4,...

Because Besiktas are reported to have identified the Hoops’ centre-back as a replacement for Croatian World Cup finalist Domagoj Vida – the £30 million-rated defender who is expected to bid farewell to the Istanbul giants in the near future.

Should Besiktas earn a big fee from Vida’s departure, that could stand Celtic in good stead to get a decent figure for Boyata.

Domagoj Vida of Croatia celebrates after winning the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: First Leg match between Croatia and Greece at Stadion Maksimir on November 9, 2017 in Zagreb,...

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