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Amido Baldé could be a member of Scottish Champions Celtic as early as this week, according to Portuguese football website Maisfutebol. Representatives from the club are currently in Portugal meeting with the player’s agent Cátio Baldé, and club president Júlio Mendes to negotiate his transfer.

Reports surfaced last week in the English media that the club was advancing their attempts to sign Baldé, who has drawn the attention of many clubs after an excellent season in Portugal. It is believed Celtic is offering £2.5million for him.

It is believed that Baldé would be a replacement for Gary Hooper who is expected to leave this summer. Baldé told Scottish newspaper The Daily Record that he could make fans quickly forget about Hooper.

“I think I could go on and be the best striker in Scotland – and one of the best in Europe. Celtic will obviously be playing in Europe again next season and that’s a big thing for me,” Baldé told The Daily Record.

“I know they have been watching me for some time – with teams in England and Spain as well – but the important thing to me is that I sign for a team who are playing Champions League football because that is the level I believe I should be playing at.”

Celtic have been interested in Baldé for some time. It is believed that he underwent a trial with the club before he signed with Vitória Guimarães last summer. His performance this year only rekindled their interest in him. Baldé scored 9 goals in 27 league matches with the club, and helped them beat Benfica in the Portuguese Cup final a week ago.

According to Maisfutebol, Vitória Guimarães owns only 35 percent of Baldé’s rights. His manager Cátio Baldé owns 55 percent, while his former club Sporting Lisbon own the remaining 10 percent.

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