Abdul Mumin, linked with 2020 Celtic pre-contract move, now reportedly worth £15m

By David Walton

May 19, 2021

Ghanaian centre-back Abdul Mumin, who was linked with Celtic on a pre-contract move only last year, is now reportedly worth £15million.

The Sun believes that Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, and Newcastle United are all interesting in the centre-back whose worth the eight-figure sum. This comes after a stunning season with Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal after signing from Danish outfit Nordsjaelland in the summer of 2020.

That’s the same window Celtic were linked with a move of their own. After bossing it in the Danish Superligaen last term, a host of clubs around Europe were linked with pre-contract moves. This included Celtic, who were badly in the market for defensive reinforcements [Daily Mail].

In the end, we plumped to bring Shane Duffy to the club instead on a season-long loan from Brighton. Mumin, meanwhile, chose a move to Portugal over the English Premier League, and has gone from strength to strength.

This term, he’s managed to help keep the back door shut on nine occasions in 27 games [Transfermarkt]. Back when he was linked with a move to Parkhead, his priority was said to be significant first-team football in order to help his development [Daily Mail].

Abdul Mumin to Celtic – a tale of what could’ve been

Some will argue that we really should’ve signed absolutely anyone instead of Duffy. It was a partnership that looked doomed very early on, and all finger pointing went straight to the recruitment team.

Mumin, however, would’ve been right up Celtic’s street. Why the Hoops don’t scour Scandinavia for talent more often is anyone’s guess. However, it was a chance to pick up a then 21-year-old and develop him on.

Celtic had plenty of carrots that surely would’ve intrigued Mumin. We could’ve been the first team to give him extensive experience of European football – something he didn’t manage to bag with Nordsjaelland. In addition to that, our history of developing and selling players on to Europe’s top five leagues can’t be underestimated.

Vitoria Guimaraes centre-back Abdul Mumin (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

Not to mention we’re a club that demands success every week. Developing a winning mentality is another string we have to our bow. Then again, given how the campaign has gone, maybe Mumin was lucky he didn’t end up at Parkhead.

It remains to be seen whether his reported £15m price-tag truly reflects his quality. However, with some decent clubs eyeing him up once again, it’s clear he’s got something about him.

Just another one that may have potentially slipped through Celtic’s clutches.

In other news, here’s how Crystal Palace reportedly view the Eddie Howe to Celtic speculation.