Odsonne Edouard may be considering a potential stay at Celtic this summer, but that hasn’t stopped the Hoops from considering alternatives.
A new name in the crosshairs of Celtic this summer is Rafael Santos Borre.
That’s according to Football Insider who suggest that the Bhoys and their Old Firm rivals Rangers will battle it out for his signature.
Borre is set to become a free agent this summer and thus, the Celtic hierarchy won’t need to part ways with any cash in order to lure the River Plate striker to Paradise.
That being said, the Colombian’s contract demands are likely to be key in determining whether a move can be completed in the coming weeks.
If the Frenchman does leave then it will leave Celtic with a giant void in their squad to fill.
Edouard has been relentless in front of goal over the last few years and despite the club’s struggles last term, he still found the net on 22 occasions in all competitions.
Borre might be a difficult name to attract but he is one of the most devastating forwards in South America.
Speaking about his form for River, former Argentina striker Javier Saviola said: “Borré is a great striker. Right now River has forwards of the highest level, both Rafa, Suárez and all the boys who are emerging with so much projection. Rafa is among the best forwards today, due to his way of playing and his goals.”
It’s clear to see why Saviola holds the 25-year-old in such high regard.
A ruthless bully in front of goal, the attacker is a wonderful exponent of space, dragging defenders away from his teammates and taking up canny positions inside the area.
Like Edouard, Borre is also capable of working in the channels and bringing his teammates into play. Although his assist count isn’t too eye-catching, he provided 1.3 key passes per game for River in their last recorded season for WhoScored.
Although not the most physical of strikers, his pace and athleticism make him a difficult player for the opposition to deal with.
Combine that with his ability to find the net regularly and you have a very dangerous individual. Dominic McKay must ensure Celtic secure his services; not Rangers.