Bnei Yehunda manager comments on Celtic-linked Ismaila Soro speculation

By David Walton

December 5, 2019

Bnei Yehunda manager Yossi Abukasis has claimed that star man Ismaila Soro won’t be sold on the cheap.

This comes after a report from the Daily Record recently linked Celtic with a move for the Ivorian defensive-midfielder.

Soro, according to the Record, has been valued up to £3million by both his club and manager. However, this is despite the fact he still doesn’t have much in the way of experience to his name.

Neil Lennon has been linked with a move for Ismaila Soro (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Yet it seems as though Abukasis isn’t set for budging anytime soon. Speaking in comments picked up by the Record, the Bnei Yehunda boss said the following:

“We will only sell Soro if we get an offer which matches our valuation. We know what he is worth. We know there is growing interest in him and a lot of European clubs have watched him, even just this week.”

Is a deal for Soro really that necessary?

These comments from Abukasis are a bit of a game-changer here. After all, if they aren’t willing to budge on a potential £3m valuation, it’s going to be difficult to justify going for him.

He remains highly-inexperienced at the top level, and would likely arrive at a high price with huge pressure on him to perform.

Peter Lawwell will want to see money being spent wisely (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Also, do we really need to even strengthen in this area? Celtic have plenty of midfielders at the club as things stand. Outside of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor, we have the likes of Olivier Ntcham, Nir Bitton, and Eboue Kouassi who are all suited to the defensive-midfield role.

As well as the names mentioned, we also signed Luca Connell in the summer from Bolton. He’s another CDM who should really be our long-term project for the position. Splashing out that kind of cash on Soro would seem unnecessary.

Celtic signed defensive-midfielder Luca Connell in the summer (Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Of course, if Neil Lennon and Nicky Hammond feel it’s worth the mega-money, we have to go with what the manager thinks is best here. But there’s no denying that a deal like this for such an unknown commodity could always do with being cheaper.

Even though Abukasis hasn’t mentioned £3m directly, it’s clear they want substantial money for Soro’s signature. Given the strength of our squad just now, that’s a risk we don’t need to take.