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Details disclosed as Celtic close in on its first summer transfer transaction.



The midfielder came to Glasgow in the final week of the summer transfer window, with most sources stating that the deal might be made permanent in exchange for £6 million.

That appears to be very similar to the terms under which Jota first arrived at Celtic; while Bernardo made a positive contribution, it fell far short of Jota’s standards.

Bernardo started all six Champions League games for Celtic, rapidly passing Odin Thiago Holm and Kwon Hyeok-kyu in the pecking order for a first-team spot.

The return to fitness of Callum McGregor and Reo Hatate limited the Benfica man’s playing time in the run-up to the title, but he still played a role, assisting Adam Idah to score twice in the Glasgow Derby.

The Daily Record reports, citing the Daily Mail’s story:

According to the Daily Mail, the Hoops are contemplating a transaction worth around £3.5 million with the Portuguese giants.

This is over half of the initial arrangement, with Rodgers’ men proposing to pay £3 million up front, with add-ons including a potential additional £500k and a portion of any sale if he moves on. They claim Bernardo is willing to relocate to Glasgow on a long-term basis.

Celtic are preparing for another run at Europe’s elite in the Champions League, and the club also wants to bring Adam Idah back on full-time terms after a successful loan spell with Norwich City.

The logical solution would be a £4.5 million agreement; as long as Benfica has a 30% sell-on clause, they will be protected from missing out on a Jota-type windfall.

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