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Late developer Jullien, Turnbull and medicals

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Toulouse central defender, Christopher Jullien, looks set to become Celtic’s first confirmed signing of the transfer window.  A 26-year-old, the €8m fee,  is a departure from Celtic’s strategy of signing young players they can develop into more valuable assets.  He is, however, a like-for-like replacement for Dedryck Boyata, who left for Hertha Berlin last month.

Neil Lennon will know what he is getting with Jullien.  He has been tested in a difficult league and there will be no repeat of the Marvin Compper fiasco, when millions were committed without proper diligence being carried out.

Jullien was a late developer.  He played only one top-flight game, for Freiburg in the Bundesliga, before joining Toulouse as a 23-year-old.  Since then he has been first choice for the Ligue 1 outfit.  This relatively low profile is probably why he remains attainable for Celtic.

At 6’5”, he is three inches taller than Boyata, who joined Celtic as a 24-year-old, having played roughly the same number of top-flight games as Jullien at that age.  I will be delighted to see the paperwork sorted and the player pass his medical.

Speaking of which, there are reasons why we do medicals.  A discrepancy was flagged in Jozo Simunovic’s medical four years ago.  The player was sent to Harley St for a second opinion, which gave Celtic enough confidence to complete the signing.  Jozo has hobbled in and out of the team ever since.

Whatever the problems with David Turnbull’s medical, millions are not casually spent on any player with an expectation he will sit in the stand, or fail any future medical, which would inhibit any resale value.

Let’s hope the boy’s health is good, first and foremost, and that a way forward is found.

Hope the players get a good stretch against Austrian fourth tier SC Pinkafeld tonight.

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  1. !!Bada Bing!! on

    From an impeccable source,DT operation could be out between 4-6 months,but due to his fitness could be 3 months,Motherwell not happy with our revised offer,we want to hold back a % of the fee,depending on recovery

  2. !!BADA BING!! on 27TH JUNE 2019 11:10 AM

     

    Turnbull staying at Motherwell-Deal off

     

     

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    Is that official?

  3. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Seems he is getting the operation in London next week as a Motherwell player,we were planning op in Brussels,DT been told that we will be back in for him if he recovers well.Could be Motherwell playing hardball,but nobody else in for him,and they need the money………….

  4. Go tell the Spartim on

    Bada

     

     

    Im not the boards biggest fan by any stretch of the imagination but this is the sensible thing to do regarding DT. I expect some of this is negotiating tactics on both parts, but we’re holding the cash so we hold a lot of the cards.

     

     

    As an aside bullying in any shape or form is a hideous trait

  5. It sounds as if Julien will be the first signing of the season.

     

     

    Hopefully to be joined by Harper, Connell & Perraud. Add to that Turnbull, a RB and maybe a striker!

     

     

    If we can get 2 million for Sinclair, a decent fee for Lewis Morgan and loan deals for some of the deadwood. It would be great.

  6. A bit sorry for the Turnbull boy,but thats life.I think its for insurance purposes that Medicals are so stringent.A lot of fans forget,all of our players are heavily insured,and we all know what insurance companies are like.Anyway,good run out for some who will feature in the Euro games last night.Mikey,I would still send out on loan,maybe Dons,he does need to toughen up,but everything else looks to be there.Same goes for Henderson.Transfer news looking good,as I knew it would.KT will go,if KT wants to go,and if we recieve the money we want.Lenny says,we dont want to sell.Good enough for me.

  7. If the deal for Turnbull is off that is a great shame for us, for him and for Motherwell. We played hardball without knowing he needed an op – if we had known that, we wouldn’t have been anywhere near him. I can’t imagine Motherwell will get 3 million for him now from any club – at least until he has played a season or two without breaking down.

     

    Hope he recovers, good luck to him.

  8. eddieinkirkmichael on

    SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX on 27TH JUNE 2019 9:06 AM

     

    Petec

     

     

    “He is a hypocrite and a liar, and dangerous”

     

     

    I would say that statement could be attributed to every American Leader in both our lifetimes with the exception of Jimmy Carter.

     

     

    #perpetualwarcsc

  9. Deniabhoy 12.0.

     

     

    If the deal for Turnbull is off that is a great shame for us, for him and for Motherwell. We played hardball without knowing he needed an op – if we had known that, we wouldn’t have been anywhere near him. I can’t imagine Motherwell will get 3 million for him now from any club – at least until he has played a season or two without breaking down.

     

     

    Hope he recovers, good luck to him.

     

     

    It is a shame DT is not coming.but subh ir life.i hope when we are paying that money out we always play hardball (i prefer due diligence).it is an interesting tale with a lot to learn on both Celtic and Motherwell sides on contract negotiations.

     

    Like you i wish him well and i hope he still comes at some point

     

    Hope your well :-)

     

    HH

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