Have Celtic been gifted a second chance to sign Fernando Fonseca?

2nd March 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup quarter final, Hibernian versus Celtic; Neil Lennon Celtic Manager tries to lift his team

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic reportedly wanted Porto's Fernando Fonseca for £2million but he was seemingly Ukraine-bound.

Fernando Fonseca of Porto B

Celtic were linked with a whole host of right-backs during the January transfer window, and they may be forced to enter the market again in the summer without an option-to-buy clause in the contract of the Borussia Dortmund loanee Jeremy Toljan.

With Toljan’s form dipping alarmingly since that red card away to Valencia, Celtic should not stop looking for potential alternatives.

 

The Scottish Sun reported in January that Celtic were weighing up a £2 million bid for young Portuguese right-back Fernando Fonseca, who has shone for Porto’s B team and very nearly joined Juventus last summer.

In many ways, the 21-year-old Fonseca would be a typical Celtic signing – young, promising and blessed with a potential substantial re-sale value.

Fernando Fonseca of Porto (R) takes on Joel Asoro of Sunderland during the Premier League International cup Final match between Sunderland and Porto at Stadium of Light on May 17, 2017 in...

He also looked to be off the market, however, with a move to Ukraine and Zorya Luhansk edging closer. Though reports from O Jogo might have suddenly handed Celtic a second chance to bring Fonseca to Glasgow.

It is claimed that Fonseca’s move to Zorya has collapsed due to a disagreement in negotiations. As a result, the 22-year-old looks set to leave Porto in the summer instead with a move to Luhanski now seemingly off the table.

Something for Celtic to consider then as Toljan begins to struggle.

GD Estoril Praia defender Fernando Fonseca from Portugal with CF Os Belenenses forward Fredy from Angola in action during the Primeira Liga match between GD Estoril Praia and CF Os...

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