Celtic are set to sell midfielder Eboue Kouassi at a near-£2million loss, Football Insider understands.

Belgian outfit Genk are planning to convert the central midfielder’s January loan into a permanent move ahead of the summer window.

A Belgian source has told Football Insider that Genk have a £1.3m option that must be triggered by the end of this month.

That would represent a loss of nearly £2million for the newly-crowned Scottish champions.

Celtic paid Russian club Krasnodar £3million for Kouassi in January 2017 in keeping with their policy of recruiting rising stars with potentially major sell-on value.

But it is one deal that has not worked out, even though he was spoken highly of by ex-manager Brendan Rodgers, who tipped him in the Record to become Scott Brown’s successor and hailed him as “brilliant”.

The central midfielder is not in Neil Lennon’s first-team plans and the manager has given the green light for him to move permanently.

Kouassi made the last of his 22 Hoops appearances in October 2018 and had not even made a matchday squad this season before his January loan.

At Genk, he had started to establish himself in the first team before the season was prematurely curtailed in March.

 

He had made four league appearances, including three consecutive starts, before the lockdown came into effect.

The Ivorian is set to become the first high-profile departure as Celtic began planning for next season.

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