Paulo Bernardo’s season-long loan at Celtic from Benfica has ended on a high note, with the Portuguese midfielder playing a key role in the club’s successful league and cup double. His time in Glasgow was marked by moments of brilliance, even if he was not always a consistent starter.

Bernardo’s contribution to Celtic’s campaign was significant, highlighted by his memorable goal in the New Year Glasgow derby. This match-winning strike cemented his place in the hearts of the Celtic support. His pivotal sub appearance further showcased in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park, where his crucial run and rebounded shot set up Adam Idah’s decisive goal, securing the double for Celtic.

25th May 2024; Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland: Scottish Cup Football Final, Celtic versus Rangers; Paulo Bernardo of Celtic on the ball

Reports today from Portugal [record.pt] suggest that Bernardo has expressed a strong desire to remain with the Scottish champions. He has reportedly informed Benfica and his family of his wish to stay in Glasgow on a permanent basis. The midfielder appears settled and eager to continue his journey with Celtic, a sentiment that could bode well for the club as they look to build on their recent success.

Celtic hold an option to buy Bernardo at a pre-agreed fee, yet the specifics of this fee remain ambiguous. There is some uncertainty over whether Celtic are willing to meet Benfica’s valuation of the player. This uncertainty could lead to negotiations in the coming weeks, as Celtic weigh the benefits of securing Bernardo’s services against the financial implications.

For Celtic, securing Bernardo on a permanent deal would reinforce their midfield with a player who has already proven his worth in critical moments. His integration into the team, coupled with his apparent desire to stay, makes him an attractive prospect for the club. However, the financial aspect of the deal cannot be overlooked. The negotiations with Benfica will likely be complex, with Celtic aiming to strike a balance between retaining a talented player and managing their budget effectively.

1 COMMENT

  1. Would say that a deal could be concluded fairly quickly, especially as with the amount of work required within the squad over the summer, we shouldn’t be wasting time on negotiations and dragging them out either imo?
    Certainly Paulo looks like a Rodgers type player, and would expect him to be even more influential next season for ourselves, as settling into the team quite nicely last season, and already contributing to some very big moments within his Celtic career to date already?
    I don’t get this haggling over money, especially hasn’t the 6M reported fee been earnt near enough with the contributions Paulo has provided towards the club last season, including CL matches?

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