With an injury to Vincent Kompany sidelining the defender until well into Belgium’s campaign in Russia, Boyata is expected to be one member of a three-man defence that also includes Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
That will put him on full display to clubs around Europe who are looking for reinforcements this summer.
One of the teams interested in him is Italian club Lazio, say The Daily Record, who are reported to be scouting him over the coming months as a potential signing ahead of the new season.
With one year left on his contract at Celtic, is it time to sell him after three seasons in Glasgow?
There’s little doubt that the 27-year-old has the full trust of Brendan Rodgers at Celtic despite a number of high profile mistakes at home and abroad.
He has strong defensive attributes – physical, quick and committed – but at times has let himself down in possession and playing out of defence. However, that could be said of a few defenders at Celtic.
The decision on whether to keep him or not may come down to his willingness to sign a new contract. With just a year left, Boyata enters that tricky period when Celtic could worry that they end up losing him for nothing at the end of his deal next summer.
With his profile likely never to be higher than at this year’s World Cup, in one of the tournament’s most talented teams, this is actually the perfect moment to sell him to a team like Lazio, receive a healthy transfer fee and invest in a new centre-back.
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