Report: Porto still want Celtic's Olivier Ntcham

A general view inside the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between FC Porto and FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio do Dragao on April 15, 2015 in Porto,...

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham is still wanted by Porto.

Glen Kamara and Steven Davis of Rangers challenges Oliver Ntcham of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in...

According to The Scottish Sun, Porto are still interested in signing Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham – but would offer much less than the £14million they offered last summer.

The Bhoys are facing a summer of transition, as they need to appoint a permanent manager following Brendan Rodgers' exit in February, with interim boss Neil Lennon in contention.

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Even away from that, Celtic are facing big changes. All of their loanees will go, and anyone out of contract at this point – such as Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata and Cristian Gamboa – will likely move on.

 

Celtic will need to focus on incomings, but The Scottish Sun report that another player could be moving on, with midfielder Ntcham wanted by Porto again.

It's noted that Porto offered £14million for the Frenchman last summer but would be offering a reduced deal this time, having seen him go through a tough run of form.

Boss Sergio Conceicao is believed to be a big fan of Ntcham, and is eyeing the 23-year-old as a replacement for outgoing midfielder Hector Herrera.

14th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Celtic; Olivier Ntcham of Celtic during the warm up before the match

Ntcham has only played five games in 2019, and has failed to really recapture his best form having come back from injury, though most Celtic fans would acknowledge that he's a very good player when fit.

That's why a major European club is interested in signing him, but with three years still on his contract, Celtic wouldn't be under any pressure to sell at a reduced fee this summer.

A general view inside the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between FC Porto and FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio do Dragao on April 15, 2015 in Porto,...

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