Many Southampton supporters appear willing for Celtic to sign Mohamed Elyounoussi permanently this summer, despite his Parkhead exploits.
Moi has been wowing the Celtic fans in recent weeks. He’s now bagged a superb 17 goals and seven assists this season. That’s 24 direct goal contributions in 40 appearances this term, despite how tricky a campaign it’s been for the club [Transfermarkt].
Unsurprisingly, that has led to plenty of Celtic supporters calling for the club to sign him permanently. Even though we don’t have a new manager in place for next season as things stand, this signing looks like an obvious one to pursue.
Of course, the price will be a big stumbling block here. Southampton signed the Norwegian international for a mammoth £16million back in the summer of 2018 [Sky Sports]. Given he signed on a five-year contract, his deal doesn’t expire at St Mary’s until the summer of 2023.
To sum up, Southampton wouldn’t be forced to sell much cheaper than what they paid out for him. They would have to accept that they wouldn’t get what they paid for him, but it’s not unreasonable to suggest Celtic would have to smash their £9million transfer record in order to bag him.
A decision for the new manager; but Southampton fans not fussed if Mohamed Elyounoussi departs
In the end, any decisions on the squad next season must come down to the new manager. It’s the same for players who are departing the club too. Nothing major should be done without the new boss’ say so.
Even if Moi would be undroppable next season, you have to factor in the figures involved. A new manager may want Elyounoussi, but would he want to spent such a large portion of his transfer budget on him? Especially considering the rebuild we have ahead of us?
It looks likely that Celtic will need to sign two centre-forwards, two centre-backs, at least one right-back, and a right-winger. That’s not to mention a potential replacement for Moi at left-wing should he not return.
It’s going to be a majorly expensive rebuild over the coming months. Therefore, Celtic’s new manager and Director of Football will need to determine whether we can even afford to splash out so much on one player.
Regardless, the Saints fans are happy to let him head to Glasgow permanently. As they reacted to his Celtic figures this season, they didn’t come across as overly impressed on Twitter:
Na, too much competition in the position. I'd focus on developing Tella and Djenepo in those positions
— James Ward-Beckham (@saints_fandom) April 11, 2021
No too weak and too slow cash in and get someone raw in who’s direct
— Bradley Hammans (@Bradders1302) April 11, 2021
Cash in. Doing it up there is quite different to doing it in the EPL.
— Richard Kitchen (@BXnerd) April 11, 2021
Cash in. He’s a good fit at Celtic, wasn’t so great here.
— Dan Fox (@bfgfox) April 11, 2021
Have to give him a look but a good enough offer comes along than have to sell only as we are pretty deep in his postion if we resign Walcott
— Chicago- SaintsFC (@Chi_Saintsfan) April 11, 2021
Doubt very much that he would be happy to return to Southampton – get some cash (if that is possible). More likely Celtic would want to keep the loan deal going and let his contract wind down.
— Southern Man (@SouthernMan7) April 11, 2021
Josh Sims was a more direct and cheaper option! We wasted our money and he has found his decent level in Scotland but not good enough for Prem on wages we would be paying him.
— Stephen Trott (@trotty1805) April 11, 2021
Depends how much we get for him. I personally would like him back but if we get an offer of over £10m then maybe we should sell
— 🔴⚪️ (@vestergodSFC) April 11, 2021