Former Nottingham Forest loanee Alfa Semedo is set to make a shock move to Celtic after the Scottish champions agreed on a fee with Vitoria.
According to Football Scotland, the player will move to Scotland initially on loan with a fee of £2.5 million agreed to make it permanent next summer.
The Guinea-Bissau midfielder spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at the City Ground. He was largely underwhelming, scoring twice in 26 appearances.
Semedo was restricted to a lot of substitute appearances under Sabri Lamouchi. Since leaving he’s spent time with Reading and signed for Vitoria last summer.
Now, a move to Celtic is on the cards and it looks like an intriguing deal. Ange Postecoglou has clearly identified him as a player that can come in and do a job.
During 2021/22 he was a standout performer for the Portuguese top-flight outfit. He made 31 appearances, collecting seven cautions and two red cards.
His combative nature was evident on Trentside too. During his time at Forest, he collected four yellow cards and simply loved roaring into tackles.
It will be intriguing to see how Semedo does in Scotland. Semedo is only 24-years-old and in fairness, he does have some potential.
Celtic looks like a good move for the player. He will take part in Champions League fixtures and will play for a club where a title challenge is a mandatory requirement.
Semedo set for Celtic and Forest fans will watch with intrigue
This is quite remarkable yet intriguing at the same time. Semedo flattered to deceive at Forest, despite scoring important goals against Swansea and QPR.
He never really looked like a player capable of making an impact in England; a sentiment that would likely be shared by Reading fans.
Now, he has a chance to prove fans of both his former British clubs wrong by starring for Celtic.
He is set to join the club imminently and it seems as though everything is agreed between the Hoops and Vitoria.
Semedo in Scotland could go either way. He could be brilliant or he could showcase the inconsistencies that were evident at Forest and Reading.
Either way it’s a great move for the player and the ball is now in his court.