Omar Colley's agent clears up centre-back's transfer position amid Celtic speculation

By David Walton

September 1, 2020

Sampdoria defender Omar Colley’s agent has opened up on the player’s transfer stance amid links to Celtic and the Premier League.

Earlier today, Italian outlet Calciomercato reported that the Hoops were still interested in the Serie A defender, despite comments from Neil Lennon dismissing any interest.

Corriere dello Sport, meanwhile, believe that West Ham United, Southampton, and Newcastle United have all approached Sampdoria regarding Colley’s availability.

Reported Celtic target Omar Colley / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Colley’s agent cleared up where things are at the present moment.

“It’s true there has been interest from teams in England, but the player is fine. We are ready to look at proposals because the English Premier League is an important championship, but there must be a big leap otherwise he will stay at Sampdoria.

“The situation is evolving. I repeat that there has been interest from England, but he still has two years left with Sampdoria.

“If he were to stay he would be happy and we could maybe even talk to Sampdoria about a possible extension to his contract.”

No mention of any interest in Celtic

It’s interesting that Colley’s agent only focuses on the apparent interest from the Premier League.

That means one of two things. Either Celtic haven’t even approached Sampdoria (which seems the most likely possibility), or a move to the Scottish Premiership isn’t something that would interest the Gambian.

Regardless, what this does is clear up how close Celtic are to coming to an agreement with Sampdoria – nowhere near it. And given so much focus has been on Shane Duffy recently, it’s difficult to see why we would splash out so much on Colley.

Neil Lennon needs another centre-back (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Corriere dello Sport believe Sampdoria are trying to squeeze €15million (£13.5m) out of any deal. If that’s the case, then we can 100% forget it. There’s no way Celtic are adding a sixth centre-back to their squad and making him a record signing.

At least his agent has finally come out and spoken about what his true status in terms of a transfer really is. That, combined with the player’s stance on the matter, is enough to rule us out.

In other news, Celtic fans have reacted to the Hoops’ Europa League third qualifying round draw.