Celtic-linked Siriki Dembele takes another step towards Peterborough departure

By David Walton

May 19, 2021

Celtic-linked Siriki Dembele has taken another step towards leaving Peterborough United this summer, with Director of Football Barry Fry claiming he’s changed agents.

Give Me Sport reported back in March that Celtic were eyeing up Dembele as a summer transfer target. The brother of Celtic youngster Karamoko, Siriki has bagged 24 direct goal contributions in 45 games this season [Transfermarkt].

Posh chairman Darragh McAnthony was left rattled when he handed in a transfer request in January. He stated in the Derby Telegraph that this was down to his agent “playing games” as he came across as furious with the decision. Now, however, it looks as though the player is switching agents.

Peterborough’s Fry has been discussing player contracts ahead of next season, with Dembele’s expiring in the summer of 2022. And talking to the Peterborough Telegraph, he claimed he’s been in France bagging a new agent.

“Siriki’s situation is slightly more complicated as he has gone away and he’s just changed agents to ones based in Paris!. I have told him that even if he wants to leave it will only happen if we get an acceptable fee.”

Siriki Dembele could cost £3m to prize from Peterborough

Celtic made a woeful mistake last season in snubbing a deal to sign Ivan Toney from Peterborough last summer. Fast forward the season and the Englishman has banged home 31 goals this term and is being linked with £35million moves [The Sun].

Dembele, however, would only cost Celtic £3m this summer, according to the Peterborough Telegraph. That, even at this early stage, looks to be a bargain. We’re talking about a player who can play in the number 10 position, on the left flank, or up top. His versatility is mightily impressive, and he looks ready for the next level.

He also has plenty of experience for a 24-year-old too. He’s played 122 times for Peterborough after making just under 40 outings at Grimsby. He’s now had vast experience of both League Two and League One. He feels it’s now time for a step-up, just like Toney did 12 months ago. Celtic should be jumping at this.

Siriki Dembele of Peterborough United celebrates after scoring a goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Peterborough United and Shrewsbury Town at Weston Homes Stadium on October 31, 2020 in Peterborough, England. (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

At the very least it would solve one key area in the squad. It would either ensure we finally have left-wing depth or even a striker to replace one of the three who will likely depart. If £3m is deemed an acceptable offer, it makes sense to jump on it.

You wouldn’t expect any major transfer dealings to be finalised anytime soon of course. Not until the new manager is in the door. But as the behind-the-scenes work continues regarding transfers, Dembele could well be on the list.

Celtic would surely prove an attractive proposition for him in many ways. Let’s see if we’re truly interested.

In other news, we take a look at how much Celtic are reportedly holding out for to sell Odsonne Edouard.