Celtic have suffered a slight blow in their pursuit of Fabricio Bruno after the defender’s attempts to free himself from his contract with Cruzeiro were rejected in court.

The defender had taken the Brazilian club to court in an attempt to make his contract null and void, after they reportedly failed to pay his wages from May to November this year as well as his image rights.

However according to the Daily Record, Bruno lost his case against Cruzeiro and is therefore unable to walk away from his contract with the club; though he is expected to make an appeal against that decision.

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Bruno losing his initial case against Cruzeiro will certainly be a tad frustrating for Celtic, who would have no doubt been hoping they could have signed the defender on a free transfer.

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Instead, Cruzeiro are likely to want a fee in the region of £3m-£5million for Bruno, given how they are in dire straights financially.

Furthermore should Bruno appeal the decision as expected, then the court case will drag on for a longer period of time and potentially prevent Celtic from signing him next month.