When it comes to player sales at Parkhead, Celtic are no longer just about getting eight figures for their stars.
Now, it appears they’re looking to seriously sell for the going rate of top European talent.
Celtic sold Aiden McGeady back in 2010 for £9,5million (BBC). If that same deal was to be made today, with McGeady at the age he was back then and with the potential he contained, it would be close to double that.
Over the years, Celtic have slowly started gaining more and more money for their top sales. The likes of Victor Wanyama and Fraser Forster went for £12.5m and £10m respectively. Virgil van Dijk followed them for £13m in 2015 (BBC)
Since then, Celtic have also sold Moussa Dembele to Lyon for £19.5m (BBC). Had it not been for Dembele’s eagerness to leave too, Celtic could seriously have rolled in even more cash.
Over the years, Celtic have demanded more and more for their top stars. The latest figures for the likes of Kieran Tierney and Olivier Ntcham that are floating around also proves Celtic’s valuations are increasing.
For example, Ntcham is reported to be worth around €15-€17m (France Football). That’s for a player that isn’t even a guaranteed starter at Parkhead these days. For Tierney, Mundo Deportivo believe Celtic value him at around £26m. That was apparently too much for even Barcelona to consider according to the source.
McGregor another who won’t go cheaply
If Callum McGregor was to depart also, you can bet it wouldn’t be for less than £15m. The club would be demanding top dollar for their midfield maestro, and so they should too.
Celtic are in a position where they are so financially stable that they don’t need to let top teams cherry-pick their stars. Now, it’s us who are making the demands and making sure we squeeze every penny going for our best players.
It’s about time European football realised that Celtic aren’t an easy side to pluck from. If teams want to talk Tierney or McGregor, they need to search deeply into their pockets.
Celtic are in a place now where they’re even forcing top sides to turn away from their players due to high valuations. That’s good news for the club, however, as we now demand to be taken seriously when it comes to transfer negotiations.
The success of players such as Wanyama and Van Dijk have likely helped regarding our reputation. But even so, this new aggressive stance we have on player sales is a delight to see.