Alfa Semedo NOT joining Celtic, Jota transfer extremely close, and Ismaila Soro set for loan move

Alfa Semedo is NOT on the verge of joining Celtic, football scotland you have learned.

The holding midfielder had reportedly agreed terms on a loan to buy transfer taking him from Vitoria Guimaraes to Parkhead according to local suggestions in Portugal. The Guinea-Bissau ace only joined the Portuguese side last season but the Hoops were still linked with a move that had supposedly already been agreed between the club and player.

football scotland can now reveal that those links are wide of the mark and that the Hoops have not – and will not – make a move for the player this summer despite these reports. Celts are, indeed, still on the hunt for another midfield option but Semedo is not one they are considering at this time. Vinicius Souza, previously on loan at Mechelen, is one they are hoping to get over the line but a deal has not yet been concluded by the Lommel enforcer.

Nir Bitton leaving alongside Tom Rogic this summer has opened up space for a new midfielder at Parkhead and Ange Postecoglou is hopeful of bringing one in ahead of the new campaign. It comes as one engine room player is on the way out of the club. football scotland exclusively revealed today that Ismaila Soro is wanted in Belgrade in a loan switch to Partizan.

The forgotten Ivorian has struggled for game time and is not in Postecoglou’s plans.

Meanwhile it’s the saga that continues to rumble on but football scotland understands Jota’s permanent transfer to Celtic is extremely close to being concluded.

The Portuguese winger has been in talks with the club over a switch for around £6.5million and it has been going on in the background since the season ended. Things have ramped up in recent days and now we can reveal that the two parties are almost at the finish line in terms of negotiations and wage package discussions.

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