Scottish giants Celtic have identified Besiktas’ Super Lig winner Valentin Rosier as a key addition to the Ange Postecoglou-led rebuild at Parkhead, according to Fotomac.
As if Neil Lennon’s replacement didn’t have enough to worry about.
Postecoglou is already under pressure to rebuild a side that finished a staggering 25 points adrift of Old Firm rivals Rangers last season.
And it seems he will have to do so without the club’s best defender (Kristoffer Ajer), top scorer (Odsonne Edouard), most creative midfielder (Ryan Christie), and a winger who scored 17 goals while never really getting above second gear (Moi Elyounoussi).
And that’s without mentioning the fact that, with just weeks remaining until Celtic kick off the new season with a daunting Champions League clash against Midtjylland, the Glasgow giants don’t even have a first-choice right-back in place.
Jeremie Frimpong left for Bayer Leverkusen in January while his replacement – the on-loan Jonjoe Kenny – has returned to Goodison Park.
Will Rosier be the new right-back at Celtic?
Celtic have also missed out on Milan van Ewijk to Dutch side Heerenveen, meaning reinforcements must now be sourced from elsewhere.
Fotomac believes Rosier, a 24-year-old Frenchman, has admirers at Parkhead. However, interest from clubs in Italy, Spain and France mean Postecoglou and co may have a mountain to climb to sign him.
Rosier won the league and cup double at Besiktas last season, contributing three goals and seven assists. However, he appears to have no future at parent club Sporting Lisbon.
“My goal is to stay at Besiktas or be transferred to a good European club so I can play in the Champions League,” Rosier said, setting his stall out.
“Sporting is in talks with Besiktas. Let’s see what happens.”
According to Milliyet, the Turkish champions have failed with an initial bid for Rosier, who Sporting value in excess of £3 million.