Celtic's reported January target Timothy Castagne is now wanted by AC Milan

Timothy Castagne of Belgium  during the  EURO Qualifier match between Belgium  v Russia  at the Koning Boudewijn Stadium on March 21, 2019 in Brussel Belgium

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic tried and failed to sign Atalanta's Serie A flyer Timothy Castagne in the January transfer window.

Belgium's midfielder Youri Tielemans (R) celebrates with Belgium's defender Timothy Castagne (L) after scoring a goal during the Euro 2020 football qualification match between Belgium and...

Timothy Castagne is a target for AC Milan this summer after Celtic failed to sign the Belgian international during the January transfer window, as reported by Calciomercato.

Castagne has had a fine season in Italy with Atalanta, his swashbuckling and attack-minded style catching the eye of clubs all across the continent – including Scotland.

 

Gianluca di Marzio claimed recently that Celtic had tabled an £8.8 million bid for the right-back, who they seemingly viewed as a long-term replacement for veteran Swede Mikael Lustig and the out of favour Costa Rican Cristian Gamboa.

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Atalanta rejected their bid, however. And now Castagne has interest from elsewhere – five time Champions of Europe AC Milan.

Atalanta's Belgian defender Timothy Castagne (R) celebrates with Atalanta's Brazilian defender Rafael Toloi after opening the scoring during the Italian Tim Cup round of eight football...

According to Calciomercato, Milan’s sporting director Leonardo is a big fan of the 23-year-old former Genk ace, particularly given his ability to play on the right or the left of defence. Castagne has scored or assisted five Serie A goals in the Italian top flight this season.

Celtic may well renew their interest given that Lustig is out of contract and Jeremy Toljan is set to return to Borussia Dortmund but the task has just got a lot harder with Milan now in the mix.

Timothy Castagne and Nathan Ake fight for the ball during the International Friendly match between Belgium and The Netherlands on October 16, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

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