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Jorge Cadete Claims Celtic Turned Down £9M From Leeds United For Him in 1996

Jorge Cadete Claims Celtic Turned Down £9M From Leeds United For Him in 1996

Former Celtic striker Jorge Cadete has claimed the Hoops turned down a bid of £9 million from Leeds United during his goal-scoring spree in 1996.

The now retired ex-Portugal international joined Celtic in February 1996 and was nothing short of a revelation in the 1996/97 season, scoring a whopping 38 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions.

That obviously prompted some interest from the cash-rich clubs in England, and when Leeds United came to Glasgow to scout a team-mate of Cadete, they ended up being quite taken by the curly-haired hit-man.

Speaking via Portuguese football website Atasca do Cherba, Cadete explained: “It was at a time when Leeds United came to see Pierre van Hooijdonk, but after seeing two games they wanted to sign me.

“They went so far as to offer Celtic £9 million in 1996, and [Celtic] did not want to sell.”

It’s not entirely clear when the offer from the Elland Road outfit was made to Celtic but, to put it into context, Italian striker Enrico Chiesa was the world’s most expensive players for a period in 1996, after Parma paid Sampdoria £11 million for his services, so that kind of offer for Cadete must’ve been pretty tough for Fergus McCann to turn down.

Alas, Leeds never got their man, but in the summer of 1997 Celtic were probably wishing they’d accepted the giant proposal.

Cadete ended up in a contractual dispute with McCann and eventually ended up leaving for Celta Vigo, for a fee of just £3.5 million.

In retrospect, should Celtic have sold Cadete when Leeds came calling?

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