Porto have decided to abandon their interest in Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham, according to A Bola, via the Daily Record.
They report that the Portuguese side were keen on adding the former Manchester City man to their ranks before tomorrow’s transfer deadline but Celtic’s demands have put them off.
The Bhoys were apparently demanding a fee of £17.5m for a player who was Porto’s top target this month, which has led the club to look elsewhere.
Ntcham only signed a new four-year deal with the Scottish champions in November last year and Celtic have certainly made the most of the strong bargaining position that extended contract gave them.
Celtic have made some impressive additions to their squad this month – which was well-needed after a shambolic summer, which put them on the back foot in the title race.
But just as important was keeping their own existing talent – and Ntcham is high among their current key players – with a view to retaining their title and progressing further in Europe.
It’s important for Celtic to show that they can keep hold of their top players despite the ever-growing riches on offer across Europe – which is why keeping Ntcham is as eye-catching and vital as any of the new arrivals.