Reported Kris Ajer departure would push Celtic over £30m in 2021 transfer sales

By David Walton

July 15, 2021

As Kris Ajer seemingly prepares to leave Celtic for Brentford, you won’t find many complaints about the fee reportedly received.

According to John Percy of the Daily Telegraph, Celtic have accepted a £13.5m bid for the Norwegian. That’s without even mentioning the potential sell-on fee involved. For a player into the final year of his contract, it’s shrewd business from Celtic.

But it’s not surprising either. When it comes to player sales we turn into one of the most efficient clubs going it seems. And that’s been proven in the finances we’ve raked in since the start of the year.

Celtic got the ball rolling with the sale of Jeremie Frimpong to Bayer Leverkusen for £11.5m [Scottish Sun]. Hatem Elhamed soon followed him out the door for an £800k fee [Daily Record].

The player sales would continue into the off-season. Patryk Klimala signed for New York Red Bulls for a reported £3.5m fee [Scottish Sun]. Vakoun Bayo moved to Genk and that raked in £1.44m [Scottish Sun]. Hendry signed permanently for KV Oostende for £1.5m [Daily Record].

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Add all of those up and you get a grand total of just over £32m. All of that sealed since January 27th when Frimpong departed. This is of course dependent on the Ajer deal being confirmed and going through.

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However, whilst it looks great on a balance sheet, there’s a reason it all looks so impressive from the outside. We’re short in numbers for a reason.

We have a monumental UCL qualifier against Midtjylland next week and we have so many squad concerns. Celtic suffered several injury worries against Bristol last night and it’s effectively ripped into our squad.

The money is there for Dom McKay and Celtic / (Credit – Celtic FC)

Granted, we’ve already splashed some cash to sign Liel Abada. But that can only be considered the first of several steps the club needs to make. We simply don’t have the depth for a full campaign at the moment.

The silver lining is that the cash should be there to bring some more in. That we should be in a good position to add to the squad in terms of finances.

The next few weeks will prove just how much the board wants to back their manager. It’s clear the money is there.

In other news: HIBERNIAN boss sounds ready to lose Celtic-linked Kevin Nisbet and Josh Doig

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