Not much has been made of this deal from a Celtic perspective other than a passing comment by Neil Lennon but it appears if Celtic had any desire to sign Jose Cifuentes there time is up.
According to a top Scottish journalist – Porto want the standout midfielder on a plane ASAP with his reps to wrap up a deal for the defensive midfielder.
Cifuentes has caught the eye of a few clubs since the Under 20 World Cup this summer and Celtic looked to be at the front of the queue at one point but the player looks Portugal bound.
Celtic. Look like missing out on Jose Cifuentes. Club and player about to accept offer from Porto. They want him on a plane ASAP to finalise. Not like Celtic didn’t have enough time to do this 😳
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 27, 2019
Celtic have been on the lookout for a midfielder, the club thought they had David Turnbull very early in the window but a medical flagged up an issue which killed the deal.
As the transfer window winds down, Celtic are not stronger than when they went into the window. Something that Lawwell preaches but very rarely delivers.