Scottish giants Celtic are still keen on signing Ghana’s Jonathan Mensah despite the global four-month ban slapped on the defender for breach of contract.
Mensah, 24, has been embroiled in a controversial situation for nearly four years, having left Udinese for Evian in 2011, claiming to be a free agent.
However, Udinese have long contested that they still held the rights to Mensah’s contract, making his transfer to French side Evian illegal under FIFA rules.
Now, the situation has finally been clarified as the Court of Arbitration for Sport has banned Mensah for four months.
The ruling was expected to have a negative effect on Mensah’s proposed transfer to Celtic but insiders close to the deal have told Ghana’s leading football news outfit www.ghanasoccernet.com that the Scottish giants are still in the hunt for their target.
Celtic identified Ghanaian World Cup star Jonathan Mensah as a potential replacement for Jason Denayer.
The Belgian stopper heads back to Manchester City in the summer and has admitted that he does not know where his future lies.
Mensah, who has played 27 games for Ghana including three in last year’s World Cup, started his career with homeland side Ashanti Gold, before moving to South African outfit Free State Stars in 2008.
Mensah’s performances for the ABSA Premiership side won him a move to Serie A giants Udinese, but he was farmed out on loan to Spanish side Granada.
Mensah eventually moved to Evian in 2011, signing a four-year deal.
With Evian, he was part of the squad that narrowly missed out on the Coupe de France in the 2012/13 season but they were relegated to the French second tier over the weekend.
Their relegation will further boost Mensah’s resolve to leave the French side for Celtic.
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