Top target reveals deal will be signed before summer end


Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata is in hot demand with several clubs hoping to take his off the market this summer but is keen to end up at a side that reflects his performance level at the World Cup in Russia.

The 27-year-old had a powerful display in the World Cup with Belgium, where he appeared in all three group stage games, in which his team conceded just two goals.

His outstanding performance, combined with his contractual situation at Celtic Park, mean he has several clubs in hot pursuit of his signature this summer.

And, according to Belgian daily DH, Boyata wants to ensure he signs for a club who are befitting of the level he operated at in Russia, and his entourage has attracted interest from clubs in Italy, France and Spain.

Prior to the World Cup in Russia, Boyata had, in fact, revealed a strong desire to move forward towards a new challenge away from Scotland, and it is believed a deal could come through for him soon.

Celtic legend John Hartson has spoken about the need for the Bhoys to tie Boyata down to a new deal, arguing that the defender’s performance in the World Cup could increase his worth to £40m.

Boyata recorded as many as 24 league appearances for Celtic last season, even going on to add to the scoresheet once.

His contract with the runs down in the summer of 2019, meaning he has entered into the final year of his deal.