‘Huge talent’ Celtic wanted last year to leave new club for £8m

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Udinese are reportedly set to sell Brandon Soppy to Serie A rivals Atalanta just a year after the Italian side beat Celtic to sign the 20-year-old defender.

According to Sky Italiathe former Stade Rennais full-back is set to sign for Atalanta in a deal that could be worth €10m (£8m), with Soppy leaving Udinese just a year after joined I Friulani despite strong interest from Celtic and Ange Postecoglou.

Reports at the time claimed Celtic had opened talks to sign Soppy from the French side, although Udinese eventually won the race for the defender in a £1.5million deal. with the Serie A side set to make an impressive profit on the defender should his move to Atalanta materialize in the coming days.

Labeled by Fabrizio Romano as a ‘huge talent’, Soppy impressed during his year at Udine, with the defender catching the eye of Atalanta, who in recent years have become arguably the best side in Europe to develop full-backs of uncut gemstones to diamonds in the Italian elite.

And Soppy could be the next player in Atalanta’s production line to become such a threat, much to the dismay of Celtic, who at one point last year looked like heavy favorites to sign the France youth international of Rennes.

Indeed, while Anthony Ralston has since flourished at right-back, this update on Soppy should sting Celtic given how long the defender is leaving Udinese for, with Atalanta potentially having another exciting project. in the hands of the 20-year-old back. .

Soppy could become a star for Atalanta ahead of £8m signing

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As mentioned, Atalanta’s track record of developing full-backs is arguably the best in all of Europe, with Gian Piero Gasperini’s system perfectly suited to any player looking to excel in the position, and Soppy can easily become the latest success of the Bergamo giants.

Although there is no European football for Atalanta this season, Soppy signs for the perfect club to take his career to the next level, and for Celtic they could be kicking themselves for missing out. the defender last year, with Udinese set for a huge payday this week.

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