Celtic could be set for a major cash boost in the January transfer window, if some comments by football journalist Duncan Castles turn out to be proven correct.
The Daily Record is reporting that Tottenham want to sign former Hoops striker Moussa Dembele in January, to replace the injured Harry Kane, and that Spurs have already made contact with Lyon.
The good news for Celtic is that according to Castles, Lyon will not sell Dembele for a fee under 100 million Euros.
“They (Lyon) will take a big offer if they have maximised the valuation on a player whenever it comes” Castles said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Above €100 million Euros”
“The information I have is the expectation of Lyon’s asking price is it will be above €100m euros.
“Why? Because when Tottenham came in for Tanguy Ndombele in the summer they were happy to ask, initially, for a €100 million Euros for that player.”
That could be good news for the Hoops. They will receive 10% of any sell-on fee when Dembele leaves the French side. That could earn Neil Lennon and the Hoops up to 10 million Euros.
Windfall could allow Hoops to make statement signing
Should Celtic receive that windfall it could make a big difference to the club’s plans for the January transfer window. It could perhaps allow the Hoops to make the sort of statement signing. A signing which sends a warning to the rest of Scottish football.
There is still a way to go before any deal for Dembele is completed, you would imagine. Lyon will be eager to get the very best deal they can for the player. That might take time. However, any transfer funds boost Celtic can receive in January will be most welcomed by all at the club.
Only time will tell if the Hoops get the windfall in January, or if it ends up bankrolling a significant summer purchase for the Bhoys.