Celtic-linked Joe Aribo offered new Charlton Athletic contract

By David Walton

June 2, 2019

Charlton Athletic’s Celtic-linked forward Joe Aribo has been offered a new contract.

Aribo has played a key part in Charlton’s road to League One playoff success this season. His form this term has seen him linked with Celtic too (Scottish Sun). They could also be rivaled by Rangers for his signature, according to the Sun’s report.

But the attacking midfielder has notched a fine 10 goals and five assists in his 39 appearances this season. It’s a better return than Celtic winger Lewis Morgan managed at rivals Sunderland. Aribo also starred against Morgan’s Sunderland in the playoff final at Wembley a week ago.

Joe Aribo is a fans-favourite at Charlton (Leila Coker/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

And his form has led to a new contract being offered by Charlton. The club confirmed it on their official website several days ago, but there has yet to be confirmation of any new deal being signed.

Interestingly, the Independent reported back in December that Aribo was favouring a move to the Bundesliga. They believed that the likes of Eintracht Frankfurt were looking at him. Benfica were also touted by the Independent too. So it would appear that he’s been watched by a host of clubs.

What makes this deal potentially doable from a Celtic perspective, however, is the fact he’s in the final year of his contract. Aribo has been free to talk to clubs since January, but there have been no reports of any talks.

Promotion could be a game-changer

It also remains to be seen how the promotion to the Championship sways Aribo’s decision. Could he start to see the big lights and exposure of the Premier League in his future? With Bundesliga interest previously having been reported, however, this could be a tricky deal to get done regardless of Aribo’s decision.

Aribo got the better of Lewis Morgan last week in the League One playoff final (Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Celtic are currently in desperate need of an injection of real quality this summer. Aribo would provide just that, even if we are fairly stacked in his attacking midfield position.

Unfortunately, all aces are in the hands of Aribo and his agent, however. There’s no reason why they can’t demand sky-high wages to go with his sky-high interest.

Neil Lennon’s Celtic rebuild must start now (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

So much remains up in the air with this move. Does Aribo now fancy staying at the Valley? Does he still have his eyes on a potential move to Germany? Is there still any German interest currently in him? Can Celtic afford his wage demands given he’s in demand?

Hopefully, some of this gets cleared up in the coming days.