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Celtic transfer bulletin as Paulo Bernardo efforts boosted amid Peretz 'interest'

Brendan Rodgers may not have a head of recruitment or a scouting chief in place.

Not since Mark Lawwell departed the club, certainly. But the Celtic manager has his staff working around the clock as they aim to retain their Premiership trophy next season as well as make inroads in the Champions League group stages after the competition was revamped for the new campaign. We at Football Scotland exclusively revealed to you exactly what Rodgers is looking for in terms of positions and he and his scouting staff have been inundated with names and suggestions for their next handful of incomings.

Naturally, Celts won't take every name seriously but there have been some players reportedly considered by the manager as the summer business begins to take shape.

Paulo Bernardo is one they hope to keep hold of from Benfica after the midfielder was told he has no future at the Eagles. We at Football Scotland told you exclusively - all the way back in January, no less - that there was a £6million release clause on his head. Celts hoped at the time to negotiate that down and now we understand they are confident of doing so with the 22-year-old hoping to stay in Glasgow.

If he isn't signed permanently, Alvyn Sanches is one who, currently at Lausanne-Sport, is being monitored. He'd likely cost around the same as Bernardo. Sources today stopped short of confirming the Hoops were on a list of admirers although they did suggest there is a lot of interested clubs around the UK.

Goalkeeper Daniel Peretz is believed to be of interest to Celtic but the Bayern Munich stopper would only be a loan player. Reports came from Germany but, again, there is strong competition.

Daniel Kelly, meanwhile, has not yet held discussions over his new contract offer despite plans to do just that last week. The promising midfielder, 18, has interest at Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United but his preference is to stay at Celtic. Talks are expected, but will have to happen soon to avoid any potential fumbles.