Olivier Ntcham is interesting Porto once again - Report

By David Walton

January 14, 2019

Olivier Ntcham to Porto was one of the links of the summer, and a report suggests interest has resurfaced once more.

The Celtic midfielder was subject to some real interest from the Portuguese giants in the off-season. Nothing came of it, and the Frenchman subsequently signed a new four-year deal to replace his existing contract.

Since then, Ntcham has been on a huge decline. In and out of the side, he’s looked poor in the sporadic outings he’s had. Ryan Christie has recently taken his place in the side, and interest appeared to have been dropped in him.

Olivier Ntcham has struggled for form this season (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

But Portuguese newspaper O Jogo have claimed that their champions are interested in him once again.

Of course, the new contract means that Celtic have all the power in this deal. Ntcham is currently nursing a knock picked up in Dubai, and could be missing for a short period of time too.

How has the picture changed since the summer

Compare now to the summer, and you’ll probably find a sizable amount of fans have changed their opinion on this. Whilst he was a key member of things last season, he’s been more of an outsider looking in this term.

Yes, the Hoops midfielder has bagged a good 30 appearances under his belt. Not many, however, have been too impressive. Supporters have still got a bitter taste in their mouths after his terrible display at Ibrox too.

Ntcham is still looking to find his form again (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Interestingly, the source claims that Porto understand that they’re going to have to make a terrific offer to lure Ntcham from Parkhead. The Portuguese side and the Hoops are apparently a long way from a deal.

They’re also apparently willing to wait until the summer, but that would likely be a bad move. If ever there was a time for the Portuguese side to make an offer, it would be now whilst he’s not a guaranteed starter.

A price hasn’t been mentioned. Once again, however, you can’t see Celtic selling for less than eight figures. Considering the prices around Europe, they would be mad not to milk it.