According to Le Progres, Celtic wanted to sign Lyon striker Amine Gouiri, but have now backed away due to the cost involved in a deal.
It’s claimed that the Bhoys have been pursuing a deal to bring Gouiri to Parkhead this summer, with Neil Lennon and co starting work early given that we don’t know when the transfer window will actually open.
However, Lyon have allegedly set too high of a price on Gouiri’s head, and Celtic have now abandoned their pursuit as things stand.
With the global pandemic ongoing, Celtic may have to cut their cloth accordingly, and agreeing to big deals right now may be considered something of a risk.
It may still be worth pursuing Gouiri going forward, as the pandemic may mean that Lyon bring down their asking price to raise funds down the line.
Gouiri, 20, has been coming up through the Lyon ranks, and has scored three goals in four UEFA Youth League games this season, earning comparisons to Karim Benzema.
Celtic have had great success with French strikers in Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard in recent times, and Gouiri could have been the latest – but as things stand, a deal won’t be happening.