Pundit Exclusive: Celtic may seal '£3.5m' signing after big transfer reveal
Alan Hutton has suggested Celtic could buy Diego Laxalt permanently from AC Milan for £3.5million.
The former Rangers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has claimed that the Hoops could negotiate a reasonable price for the 24-cap Uruguay star.
As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic have been told it will cost around £4.5million to buy the 27-year-old on a permanent basis after his loan spell at Parkhead.
AC Milan signed Laxalt from Genoa for £13million back in 2018 but will have just 18 months left on his contract with the Italian giants at the turn of the year.
Hutton has insisted that Celtic will have little problem striking a deal for the left-sided wing-back and suggested that they may be able to shave £1million off his asking price.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I can’t see it being much of a stumbling block. If he keeps improving the way he is, he’s getting better as the weeks go on, his fitness levels are getting better.
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“It’s like anything, there’ll be room for negotiation. If they’re talking £4.5million, you might get him for £3.5million, £4million, you never know.
“I think that’s a reasonable price for a player who’s playing at a high level, an international. I think if that’s going to be the price then I don’t see Celtic struggling to pay that.”
Laxalt has started all five games for Celtic since his move during the summer transfer window.
The Hoops also added Shane Duffy, Albian Ajeti, Vasilis Barkas and David Turnbull to their ranks during the off-season.
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