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Conflicting Portuguese Report on Celtic’s Paulo Bernardo Deal

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Celtic desire to keep Paulo Bernardo on a permanent basis from Benfica is meeting significant resistance over the transfer fee, despite conflicting reports emerging from Portugal and Scotland.

Soccer Football – Scottish Cup – Fourth Round – Celtic v Buckie Thistle – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – January 21, 2024 Celtic’s Paulo Bernardo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

The Scottish champions are eager to retain the services of Bernardo, who impressed during his loan spell in Glasgow.

Scottish media earlier this week suggested that Celtic was close to clinching a deal for the midfielder for a fee of around £3.5 million plus additional performance-related add-ons.

However, Portuguese news outlet Record has painted a different picture, stating that Benfica is not prepared to let Bernardo go for less than the stipulated purchase option of 7 million euros agreed upon in last year’s loan contract.

The Lisbon-based club has set its sights on a firm stance, refusing to sanction a cut-price deal.

The Portuguese club is reportedly awaiting formal communication from Celtic to commence negotiations but has preemptively signalled that it will not entertain any lowball offers during this transfer window.

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