Celtic have reportedly already tried to shift wanted man Olivier Ntcham on this summer.
The Frenchman has been the subject of much interest. Porto were yesterday revealed to be the latest side interested in pursuing him, according to the Daily Record. That came just days after Marseille were also linked with him by the Record too.
But another interesting report has found its way out about the Frenchman today. It also potentially highlights how Celtic feel about his situation at the club.
The Scottish Daily Mail (5th June, page 75) have today reported that Celtic have already tried to shift Ntcham on. This was apparently as a makeweight in a deal to get Bournemouth’s Lys Mousset to Glasgow. The English Premier League club reportedly rejected the idea, and Ntcham remains at Parkhead.
If true, this adds a different layer to the Ntcham transfer saga. It would show, for example, that Celtic seem quite happy to let him go this summer. Despite the fact he has incredible technical ability, his performances haven’t been up to par all season.
An interesting and potentially valuable makeweight
If this is how Celtic feel about Ntcham, then not many will complain. But an opportunity could arise here for the club in any case. Granted, he may not have been Bournemouth’s cup of tea, but he could prove an interesting makeweight going forward.
The reported interest already in him from the likes of Porto and Marseille proves he still has a strong reputation. He’s also currently away on international duty with France under-21s. His poor performances this season won’t dissuade everyone, and that could help us get a key target in the door.
As for Lys Mousset, he doesn’t exactly guarantee goals, and is a bit of an unknown quantity too. He’s scored just two times for Bournemouth in 28 matches this season. It would be a surprise if Celtic couldn’t get a deal done considering he isn’t first-choice at the Vitality Stadium.
It looks as though Bournemouth could want just cold hard cash from the Hoops instead of a player swap. It’ll be interesting to see if Celtic go back in for him.
In any case, there are a variety of other, probably more pressing positions that need strengthening. And if Celtic are willing to use Ntcham as a makeweight, there’s no reason that couldn’t help us land a key target.