EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien is poised to join Celtic for £7million after agreeing the terms of a deal that will make him one of the club’s top earners, Football Insider understands.
Manager Neil Lennon confirmed yesterday that the Hoops are in advanced talks to land the centre-back, 26, from the Ligue 1 club.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Jullien is ready to fly from France to the club’s Austria training camp to finalise the transfer and pen a contract worth £25,000-a-week.
It will catapult him into the top bracket of earners at the Scottish treble winners as they look to maintain their dominance north of the border with signings that Lennon says are of “real quality”.
Jullien is being signed to replace Dedryck Boyata, the Belgium international who quit at the end of last season to join Hertha Berlin on a free transfer.
Capped by France at Under-20 level, the giant centre-back, who stands at 6ft 4in, made 34 starts for Toulouse in Ligue 1 last season and has played in the Bundesliga for Freiburg as well as at French clubs Auxerre and Dijon.
Celtic are set to completely overhaul their defence this summer after the exits of the likes of Boyata, Mikael Lustig, 2018-19 loanees Filip Benkovic and Jeremy Toljan, as well as the now expected departure of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal.
In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that an English club have made an approach to sign a Hoops centre-forward.