Back in January, Celtic were looking for a new right-back. Brendan Rodgers was the manager back then and he wanted to sign a long-term successor to Mikael Lustig.
With his contract expiring this summer, Lustig is leaving Celtic. And the Bhoys need to find a new right-back after loan signing Jeremy Toljan failed to impress.
Timothy Castagne was a name mentioned heavily in the media. And according to Gianluca Di Marzio, Celtic had a big-money bid (of just under £9m) rejected for the Atalanta full-back.
Back then, Castagne was drifting in and out of the first-team at Atalanta. It looked like he would be embarking on a new journey but he did not move in January.
And since then, he has become a star for club and country. Atalanta now face a battle to keep the Belgium international, who has impressed with his dominant attacking full-back performances.
Celtic’s hopes are dwindling and they look even slimmer after the recent transfer links. According to The Guardian, Crystal Palace now want Castagne.
The Eagles, who play in the Premier League, want the 23-year-old to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Manchester United want the England U21 starlet and have already had a £50m bid rejected (The Sun).
It appears that Celtic have missed the boat with Castagne. Snapping him up in January was the last chance to finally solve their right-back problem but Atalanta stood firm.
Since January, Castagne has transformed his game and could be set for a major summer move. Celtic will not be able to compete financially with Palace, especially if they are armed with funds from the Wan-Bissaka sale.