A report today stated that Celtic could sign Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi for £10million.
According to Football Insider, the Hoops have contacted the English Premier League club. We’ve apparently been told that it will cost us up to £10m.
However, if that’s what it takes then Celtic should show some ambition and launch an audacious bid for the Norwegian.
We may only be three months into his year-long loan deal, but already he looks a class above Scottish football. Elyounoussi has slammed home seven goals and bagged six assists in 12 appearances (Transfermarkt). But it’s not just his goals that have made such a strong impression in Glasgow this season.
He’s full of invention and one of the most technically gifted footballers at the club. Everything he seems to do in matches is intelligent. For example, his tremendous run to take the Lazio defender away from Olivier Ntcham in Italy was exceptional. His one-touch pass into the path of Odsonne Edouard for his one-v-one chance was also a delight to watch.
A special talent that must be looked at
Elyounoussi seems to be able to do things that others in this Celtic team can’t. Whilst not overly-quick, the speed of his football brain makes up for that. There’s a noticeable increase in quality from us going forward when the Norwegian is playing.
Sure, there are some question marks over whether Saints would officially sell for £10m or less. After all, they signed him for £16m from Basel in the summer of 2018 (The Telegraph). They would openly be willing to make a substantial loss on him if they sold for £10m.
So the question marks will always be there, but this is a deal that, if the reported figure is true, Celtic can’t allow to slip through their grasp.
The club has shown ambition in the past by signing Edouard. This came after recognising the exceptional quality he had in an initial season-long loan from PSG.
If Elyounoussi manages to keep up his form for the rest of the season, hopefully the club will be willing to do something similar. As things stand, he’s the best left-winger we currently have. If he becomes available, we would be crazy not to look at trying to do a permanent deal.
A figure of £10m may put pressure on him to succeed, but he’s had that this season too with the reputation he brought with him. So far, Elyounoussi looks like one of Scotland’s best left-winger by some distance.
The longer we wait, the more we risk other interested parties making an offer. Whilst Elyounoussi’s thoughts on the matter aren’t known, Celtic simply have to ask the question.