Let’s be honest, when Dedryck Boyata and his agent fell out with Celtic during the transfer window, and then decided there’d be a big summer free transfer, the clubs being dreamed about certainly wouldn’t have included Hertha Berlin.
Tenth in the Bundesliga, with five losses in their past six league games, Hertha aren’t a huge attraction. They’re not one of the league’s bigger sides, or even on the second level, and aren’t going to be troubling any European competitions.
On top of that, the wages that Hertha dish out won’t be top, second or third drawer.
Despite all of that, Bild present Boyata’s transfer to Hertha as almost done.
A move for the Celtic player is ‘close to completion’, and he’d sign a long term contract in Berlin. There’s no figures given on wages or signing on bonuses, and Boyata, given his free transfer status, is described as a ‘firecracker bargain’ and hyped up.
Given there’s still time between now and the summer window, it’s perhaps curious the Celtic defender’s agent hasn’t waited to see if other, more glamorous, clubs come forward.
There is one way this move would make a lot more sense. That’s if Hertha have agreed to a relatively low buyout clause, and Boyata can hopefully impress for six months or a season and then get the type of move which he and his agent seemed to be expecting.