Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin are hopeful of tying up a deal for Celtic defender Dedryck Boyate within the next two weeks, according to The Scottish Sun.
The 28-year-old has been a solid performer for the Hoops this season. He is expected to sign a contract worth £40k-a-week in the German capital.
Sadly for Celtic, they won’t receive a transfer fee for the Belgian as he is out of contract at Parkhead. After 135 appearances the no-nonsense central defender will depart for nothing.
Boyata’s departure will leave the Hoops desperate for defensive reinforcements. Kristoffer Ajer looks like being the only recognised central defender; with Filip Benkovic set to return to Leicester City too.
Berlin recently sacked manager Pal Dardai after a poor run of results. Sporting director Michael Preetz has been overseeing transfer dealings, however, and their interest in Boyata will come to fruition in the next fortnight.
Boyata’s departure will represent a massive blow for Celtic. The team isn’t exactly blessed with defenders, particularly, experienced ones.
Rangers are getting closer to the Hoops and it looks like being a big summer for the club. They must get their recruitment right during the close season if they are to maintain their dominance next season.
Whoever replaces Boyata will have big shoes to fill. He has been a rock for the Hoops when called upon and as a result, it could take serious money to replace.
The fact he is leaving on a free will rile the Celtic supporters. Okay, he has spent a lot of this season injured; but he still possesses class when it comes to Scottish football.