Celtic have been linked with a move to bring Vitoria Guimaraes midfielder Alfa Semedo to Parkhead this summer.
What’s the news?
According to a recent report from A Bola, the midfielder will be allowed to leave the Portuguese club this summer, with Celtic being one of the clubs interested in signing him.
Having spent the majority of his career on Benfica’s books in which he spent loan spells with clubs such as Espanyol, Nottingham Forest and Reading, the 24-year-old joined Vitoria on a permanent basis during the previous summer transfer window.
The fact that he’s played in Portugal, Spain and England could make it easier for him to adapt to playing in Scotland should he make a move to Glasgow this summer having had so much experience of playing in different countries already.
Postecoglou’s next Bitton
Despite not scoring a goal or providing an assist throughout his debut season with his current side, the midfielder has found the net eight times and delivered four assists in 150 senior club appearances throughout his career.
One of those goals was labelled as “massive” by presenter Brendan Dunlop back in 2018 when Benfica beat AEK Athens in the Champions League and that would aptly sum up just how big a move this would be for the Bhoys.
In his 26 league appearances last season, the Guinea-Bissau international made the fourth-highest number of interceptions and the joint-second highest number of tackles won in the Vitoria squad.
This highlights the defensive talent the £1.35m-rated enforcer has without the ball and the protection he can give his defence.
Nir Bitton left the Parkhead club at the end of last season, and thus, Semedo could be seen as Ange Postecoglou’s ideal replacement for the former Hoops figure.
Do Celtic need to sign a replacement for Bitton this summer?
He made 37 interceptions and won 30 tackles during his two previous SPFL campaigns, meaning the 30-year-old also showed his usefulness to the team by playing as a centre-back in addition to his usual defensive-midfield role when needed.
With Semedo also showing his versatility in being able to play in defence as well as in midfield, it’s easy to see why the Hoops have been linked with a move for him this summer following Bitton’s departure.
If Vitoria are willing to let their previous summer recruit leave in the coming weeks, Celtic should definitely do what they can to get him to join them.
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