Italian Report: M'Baye Niang accepts Venezia offer amid Celtic link

By David Walton

July 28, 2021

Rennes striker M’Baye Niang will move to Venezia despite a link to Celtic, Sky Italia reports.

Last night, Foot Marcato claimed that Celtic were one of three clubs to enquire about the Senegal international. Nottingham Forest and Anderlecht were said to be the two others in contention.

However, Sky Italia believe an agreement has been reached between Rennes and Serie A side Venezia. After taking some time to think about things, Niang is reported to have agreed to the deal too.

The clubs are now working to conclude the transfer. There is no reported figure given by Sky on the agreed fee.

Celtic could be in the market for another centre-forward at some point this summer. Key man Odsonne Edouard is into the final year of his contract and reportedly interesting Brighton [Daily Record].

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This one always looked speculative. Niang has managed to earn himself a reputation given his extensive game-time with AC Milan, but his goal return has always been problematic.

The towering centre-forward only scored 12 goals in 79 games for Milan. A slightly more profitable record has come with Rennes after netting 20 goals in 92 appearances. But again, it’s hardly clinical stuff for a number one centre-forward.

Last season, Niang spent six months in Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli Jeddah after falling out of favour in France. But his career wasn’t granted a renaissance after only bagging five appearances and no goals.

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So if Niang returns to Italy, he’ll be a player in need of a pick-me-up. That’s probably something Celtic could’ve done without. We need any potential Edouard replacement to come to Parkhead feeling good about themselves. That wouldn’t have been Niang.

For now, Celtic simply need to keep their options open and understand the market. We can’t splash cash on anyone until we know for certain Edouard is off. But at the same time, it’s essential the club is prepared as much as it can be for that eventuallity.

At least we know that replacement won’t be the Rennes frontman.

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