Celtic have missed out on the signings of Abdul Mumin and Jorge Benguche as the Hoops-linked duo seal moves to Vitoria Guimaraes and Boavista respectively.
You can’t win them all of course.
After pulling off two brilliant bits of business to lure Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti to Parkhead, the Hoops faithful will not be losing much sleep as a pair of relative unknowns pack their bags for Portugal.
La Prensa reported in June that Celtic were one of a host of clubs looking to offer Olimpia’s Honduras international striker Jorge Benguche a chance to prove himself in Europe.
But, as of Monday afternoon, he is a Boavista player (La Prensa).
Like Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid talisman who Benguche has been compared to back home in Central America, the Honduran international will be wearing the number nine shirt in 2020/21.
And he has been joined in the Primeira Liga by another reported Celtic target – the former Nordsjaelland centre-half Mumin.
The Mail reported back in May that Neil Lennon’s Scottish Premiership champions were battling Brighton and Hove Albion for the Ghanaian’s signature.
But, the impressive Mumin has instead put pen to paper on a four-year deal with a Vitoria Guimaraes side who outplayed Arsenal home and away in the Europa League last season.
“Vitoria has a history of developing players, it is a club with a very high standard and that is why it is the ideal club for me and for me to continue to grow as a player”, Mumin says.
“I am a central defender who likes to play. Having the ball is important to me and defensively I am strong – I know that this is essential in a great team.”
While the arrival of Ajeti means Celtic are well stocked at centre-forward, the situation at centre-half is a little different.
There is still a chance that Kristoffer Ajer could leave for AC Milan before the transfer window slams shut in early October, with Christopher Jullien the only other natural centre-half at Lennon’s disposal.
Sheffield United had also held talks with Mumin, according to ModernGhana last month.