Could Celtic sign Fernando Fonseca in Olivier Ntcham swap move?

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic celebrates following the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Porto's Primeira Liga starlet Fernando Fonseca is reportedly a target for Scottish Premiership champions Celtic but could Ntcham go the other way?

Olivier Ntcham of Celtic is challenged by Marius Lundemo of Rosenborg BK (L) and Yann-Erik de Lanlay of Rosenborg BK (R) during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and...

Olivier Ntcham might have signed a new contract as recently as November but that does not mean he is set for a long stay at Parkhead.

O Jogo reported last week that FC Porto have made a new move for a player they failed to sign in the summer, with coach Sergio Conceicao determined to bring a new midfielder to the Dragao after letting Riechedly Bazour join Utrecht on loan.

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And the report added that Ntcham was determined to leave Celtic this month, with his heart seemingly set on a move to the Primeira Liga champions.

 

But Celtic should perhaps see this as an opportunity rather than a blow.

After all, the Scottish Sun believes that Porto are willing to offer Brendan Rodgers’ side a £14 million-plus-player deal with the out-of-favour centre-back Chancel Mbemba used as bait.

Oliver Ntcham  of Celtic is challenged by Enock Mwepu of RB Salzburg during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and RB Salzburg at Celtic Park on December 13, 2018 in...

Whether Celtic would be interested in the former Newcastle defender remains to be seen, but reports from the Scottish Sun say there is one Porto player on the Hoops’ radar – the highly-rated 21-year-old right-back Fernando Fonseca.

Celtic are crying out for a defender to replace Mikael Lustig, having failed in their pursuit of a whole host of alternative targets.

If Porto are willing to offer Fonseca for Ntcham, who has been far from his best this season, Celtic could struggle to turn that down.

Jahmal Hector-Ingram of West Ham United in action with Fonseca Fernando of FC Porto during the Premier League International Cup match between West Ham United U23 and FC Porto U23 at...

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