Celtic’s move for Charlotte FC midfielder Riley McGree has broken down after the two sides failed to agree on personal terms, according to The Athletic‘s Sam Stejskal.
The journalist, who has sources in the United States, now believes the Hoops are unlikely to sign the Australian international, despite looking poised to snap up the player for £3m:
Update: Per a source, Charlotte + Celtic agreed to a fee for Riley McGree, but deal broke down over personal terms between player + club. Source says it’s unlikely that he ends up at Celtic at this point.
As has been reported elsewhere, Middlesbrough among clubs now in the mix.
— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) January 11, 2022
As McGree mentions, Middlesbrough are now one of the leading contenders to secure McGree’s signature. The EFL club were interested in the 23-year-old before Celtic entered the race for the playmaker and it appears that they have returned with a much larger bid.
It is thought that Chris Wilder’s side are prepared to offer McGree around £14,000 a week to make the switch to the Riverside Stadium, which is said to be much higher than the Hoops’ proposal.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou was the driving force behind the Scottish club’s move for his fellow countryman, and losing out on the midfielder will feel like a significant setback.