Timothy Castagne confirmed last week that Celtic tried to sign him in January, but Atalanta did not want to sell their player.
Castagne said he is fully committed to the Italian side after briefly flirting with the idea of moving on when he was not getting a game. The link with Celtic came very early in the January window and with Brendan Rodgers identifying the right back position as urgent, it would appear the club tried their luck several times.
According to Italian Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Celtic’s final bid for Timothy Castagne landed at €10million with Brendan Rodgers keen on bringing the player in on a long term deal. This would keep in line with rumours Celtic were set to bring in now Valencia player Cristiano Piccini for a sizeable fee in the summer before the player got cold feet.
With Atalanta refusing to sell, the club looked elsewhere and may have just found a gem in Jeremy Toljan. The defender played the full game against St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup and was a breath of fresh air. Pace, intelligence and an excellent ability to defend.
Could Celtic have found their permanent right back? Jeremy is only at Parkhead until the summer but if he continues to impress – you never know!