Celtic target Lyanco has joined Qatari club Al Gharafa from Southampton on a season-long loan.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that the deal has been signed, sharing a picture of the Brazilian holding an Al Gharafa shirt:
Official, completed. Lyanco signs for Al Gharafa on one-year deal loan from Southampton — deal signed 🇶🇦🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/aY07XFwE5x
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 29, 2023
It is somewhat surprising that Lyanco, who cost Southampton £6.4m two years ago, has been allowed to leave on a temporary basis to the Middle East. When asked about whether the player could join Celtic a few days ago, Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers hinted that a transfer was in the works.
However, it looks as though Al Gharafa stepped in with a lucrative offer that the centre-back could not turn down.
Do Celtic have any other transfer targets?
While there is no news on who the Hoops will pursue as an alternative to Lyanco, it appears the club are still trying to strengthen other positions.
Reports both in the Danish and Italian media claim that the Scottish champions want to recruit Brondby striker Mathias Kvistgaarden.
It is believed that Celtic have already had a €4m (£3.4m) bid for the 21-year-old rejected but there is greater optimism that a deal can be reached after a second offer of around €5m (£4.3m) was made.
What are the club’s plans for the rest of the transfer window?
In addition to a centre-half and a striker, it is believed that a goalkeeper, a left-back and a winger will be targeted.
One of those is likely to be Aris Thessaloniki FC’s Luis Palma, who is set to seal his move to Celtic Park soon. At the time of writing, it still hasn’t been officially announced but the Honduran international’s switch is expected to be confirmed ahead of the transfer deadline.