French website Le10Sport have reported that Feyenoord midfielder Renato Tapia is set to agree a move to Spanish La Liga side Real Betis on a free transfer this summer – despite reported interest from both Celtic and Rangers.
Tapia, 24, has confirmed that he will be leaving Feyenoord at the end of his contract which expires in June. The 53-time Peru international played against Rangers in the Europa League this season, during the Gers’ 1-0 win at Ibrox.
Peruvian website Libero claim that Celtic and Rangers are considering a move for Tapia after first being linked with the Feyenoord anchor in the January window. Now available on a free, Tapia is likely to have plenty of interest.
But the latest report from Le10Sport claims Real Betis are in advanced talks to sign Tapia on a free transfer, despite interest from French clubs too. It means Celtic and Rangers will have to look elsewhere for a holding midfielder.
TBR’s view – Tapia would have been a mediocre signing
But Celtic hardly need the player. Scott Brown is showing no signs of slowing down and even claimed in a recent interview with BT Sport that he feels he still has as much as three years left in the tank. Callum McGregor can act as cover, as can Nir Bitton.
At Rangers, the Gers boast veteran Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara. Tapia would struggle to break through that, given he is somewhat on a level par with some of those players. On a free, he is a decent signing, but hardly an improvement.