Report: Celtic to trigger £1m release clause to sign Euro 2016 star, Hoops have advantage in race
By Will Butcher
Celtic are ready to meet the £1million release clause in the contract of Wales right-back Chris Gunter, according to a report.
The Reading defender has been integral to Wales’ success at Euro 2016 so far, with the nation defying all odds to reach the semi-finals where they face Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday.
The Daily Mail claim that Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is weighing up a move for the 26-year-old but will have to act quickly with interest in Gunter reported to be high.
It is said the Hoops could have the edge in the race to sign the player as Rodgers’ assistant is Chris Davies, who signed for Celtic from Reading this summer and has given the former Liverpool manager a glowing report on the full-back.
Former Nottingham Forest defender Gunter is set to pick-up his 73rd cap on Wednesday, as well as making his 66th appearance of the season.
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The fromer Cardiff trainee was ever-present for the Royals this season, playing a major part in helping the side keep 14 clean sheets in all competitions.
Gunter supplied the cross for Sam Vokes’ goal against Belgium, and it will be that attacking outlet on the right flank that Rodgers wants to add to his side.
Leeds are also said to be interested in Gunter, as well as Premier League side Swansea.
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