Celtic-linked Sebastian Andersson has handed in a transfer request to Bundesliga side Union Berlin, his manager has confirmed.
Andersson, who has scored 26 goals in 76 games for Union (Transfermarkt), wasn’t in their squad when they traveled to Karlsruher in their DFB-Pokal clash on Saturday.
The Hoops had been linked with a move for Andersson this summer before the signing of Albian Ajeti. The Guardian’s Ed Aarons tweeted back in July that Celtic were showing an interest in the target-man.
And it appears that the Sweden international is ready to move on. Speaking in comments published by BuliNews, Union Berlin coach Urs Fischer briefly said: “He hs put in a transfer request. As a consequence, he wasn’t in the squad.”
German outlet Kicker have reported that Bundesliga rivals Koln have sent out feelers regarding a potential move for the striker.
Any Celtic interest surely put to bed for now
The fact that there hasn’t been any reported development in Celtic’s interest since the signing of Albian Ajeti is telling.
Celtic now have four strong striking options currently at the club. A move for Andersson would now only be possible if there was to be a potential departure from Parkhead this summer. That’s not a totally ridiculous suggestion either of course.
However, even if a centre-forward does move on from Celtic this before the window closes next month, you would imagine that Andersson’s situation will be resolved well before that.
With the player putting in a transfer request, it’s clear he wants something sorted out as quickly as possible. Celtic, on the other hand, will be looking to keep a hold of all of their strikers before the window closes.
So there is a scenario where Andersson could potentially still be a potential option for Celtic, but it looks unlikely. With a pedigree of 107 goals to his name in 239 career appearances as a centre-forward (Transfermarkt), this is a player who will surely be snapped up in the coming weeks.
But given the players we have at our disposal in Odsonne Edouard, Ajeti, Patryk Klimala, and Leigh Griffiths – we have all the ammunition we need at present.