Fenerbahce are reported to have had an offer of 5m euros for Vinicius Souza rejected by Lommel.
The midfielder is believed to be high on Celtic’s wanted list- but also in the focus of Ajax and other Tier 2 clubs across Europe.
In normal circumstances a Belgian Second Division club such as Lommel would be quick to cash in on such an in-demand talent but being part of the City Football Group changes their outlook.
Future sales plus sell-on clauses are to the fore with little prospect of any club coming in with an offer that will take Souza out of the CFG on a permanent basis.
Turkish website Yenisafak reports:
Fenerbahce’s offer for Vinicius Souza has been announced
Convincing Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Souza, whose testimonial is in Belgian 2nd League team Lommel and spent last season on loan in Mechelen from the same country, the yellow-dark blue team made an official offer to his club. While Fenerbahçe made an offer for the 23-year-old player, which includes a 5 million euro testimonial + a share from the next sale, the Belgian team has not yet responded. It is known that Lommel, the pilot team of Manchester City, wants 8-9 million euros for Souza.
Celtic also wanted
Celtic, one of Scotland’s leading teams, recently knocked on Lommel’s door for Vinicius Souza. While it was learned that the Brazilian player rejected Celtic, it was noted that Lommel did not like the offer.
With Celtic’s non-internationalists back in training on Monday Ange Postecoglou will be looking for deadlines to get deals completed, bringing in players midway through August would mean that they are behind their new team-mates in terms of fitness and understanding.
Having new signings in place for the Austrian training camp would be ideal with matches against Rapid Vienna, Legia Warsaw, Blackburn Rovers, Norwich City ad Banik Ostrava before the SPFL opener on July 31 at home to Aberdeen.