Danish expert believes reported Celtic target Victor Nelsson can be signed for £8.5m

By David Walton

September 29, 2020

Danish football expert Stig Tofting believes Celtic can sign Copenhagen captain Victor Nelsson for a price of £8.5million this summer.

The Sun reported over the weekend that the Hoops have been interested in the Danish under-21 international centre-back. However, they would appear to have competition from Premier League side Aston Villa.

Nelsson has been an ever-present performer for Stale Solbakken’s side, and was a huge part of their run to the Europa League quarter-finals last season. In fact, they never conceded more than one goal in any of the 10 European games he played in (Transfermarkt).

Victor Nelsson starred against Manchester United (Photo by Alex Grimm – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

And Ekstra Bladet’s football expert Tofting believes Copenhagen would “have” to sell for an offer as much as £8.5m.

“Copenhagen must try to hold on to Victor Nelsson here and now, but the amount can be so large that the club has to say yes.

“If they get an offer of 70-75million DKK (£8.5m – £9.1m), it is clear that they must sell. But Copenhagen must invest in this crisis.

“I don’t think they will win the Championship, but if it continues like this, then they may have a hard time getting into the top three.”

A fine investment for someone – but is this the wrong time for Celtic?

Nelsson is likely going to have a big future in the game, and with 27 appearances already with the Denamrk under-21 squad, his call-up to the senior team seems inevitable (Transfermarkt).

However, £8.5m or anything near it would be unprecedented from Celtic when it comes to signing a defender. The highest fee we’ve ever paid out for one was the £7m spent on Christopher Jullien last season (The Herald).

But even then, that was for a position in which we badly needed to strengthen in. You can’t look at centre-back now and justify spending £8.5m on it. Not with Shane Duffy, Kris Ajer, Jullien, Nir Bitton, and Hatem Elhamed available to feature there. All solid options.

Celtic have enough quality centre-backs (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

Celtic’s main priority from here on in will likely be a left-sided wing-back. That’s not exactly part of Nelsson’s skill-set, especially being right-footed.

This is a potential opportunity that’s just come at the wrong time for Celtic. It’s going to be a smart investment for someone this summer, but it doesn’t feel like the stars have aligned for the Hoops to justify this one.

As always, we’ll see what happens in the final week of the transfer window. But given Copenhagen’s poor start to the season, they’ll be itching to keep hold of Nelsson. Celtic must spend wisely over the next six days, and the Dane doesn’t fall into that bracket.

In other news, another Celtic-linked talent is now in talks over a new contract.