Brendan Rodgers has distanced himself from speculation linking Premier League duo Ryan Fraser and Daniel Podence with a summer move from Newcastle United and Wolves respectively to Celtic.
If that daily record Earlier in the month they reported that Scotland international Ryan Fraser had been offered to the Premiership champions. However, they made sure that the forgotten Newcastle United man would not ask for a significant transfer fee.
However, the same cannot be said for Daniel Podence.
wolves loud Sky Sports, are likely to need £12m for the Portuguese playmaker. A transfer fee that would make Podence the most expensive signing in all of Celtic history.
That’s not to say a record-breaking deal isn’t possible. Celtic reportedly have a budget of around £30m at the start of the summer and have since made more than spent, thanks largely to Jota’s surprise move to Saudi Arabia (give me sports).
Celtic could ambush Newcastle or Wolves
However, Rodgers was in no mood to reveal anything when asked at his Friday press conference if there was any news on Fraser or Podence.
“No (updates),” says Rodgers bluntly Soccer Scotland. “None at all.”
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe was similarly distant during his own pre-game discussion; The Magpies face a litmus test for their recent progress at Manchester City.
However, Gary O’Neil of Wolves was a little more accommodating.
“I look at them all,” O’Neil said Podence is one of many when it comes to the future of some of the players linked with Wolves’ departure. “Transfer windows are quick and things can change. But they train with the group and give everything.
“Both Jonny (Castro Otto) and Podence trained really well. But they are in the group and we judge them all. Everyone is together at the moment and will remain so until something changes.”
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