Peterborough owner addresses situation of Celtic-linked Siriki Dembele

By David Walton

August 26, 2021

Peterborough United owner Darragh McAnthony has provided his own stance on the future of Celtic-linked Siriki Dembele.

Dembele is into the final year of his contract with the English Championship club. Celtic, meanwhile, were first linked with a move back in March [Give Me Sport]. The Peterborough Telegraph, meanwhile, reported last month that the attacker favoured a move to Scotland this summer.

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Yet despite the speculation, there have been no reports of an offer from the Hoops. In addition to that, Peterborough Director of Football Barry Fry labelled it “football suicide” if they lose their prized asset at this stage of the window [Peterborough Today].

And it appears that owner McAnthony still has contingency plans in place in case he loses his star man in the final week of the transfer window.

Speaking via his Hard Truth podcast, McAnthony said: “We also have a plan in place in case Fulham, for instance, come in with a substantial offer for Siriki Dembele. It would have to be seriously substantial because he’s shown he can rip up the Championship already, but if it happens we have to react to it.”

Peterborough United star Siriki Dembele doesn’t appear Celtic-bound

Despite the Hoops’ demand for another striker before the window closes, Dembele doesn’t look anywhere near arriving in Scotland. With Celtic not appearing to have floated an offer into the mix, there’s nothing for Peterborough to even consider.

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It also doesn’t appear that the Posh are even ready to acknowledge the fact he’s into the final year of his contract. At least not in terms of their asking price for the player.

McAnthony isn’t known to let his top stars leave the club so easily. If he’s backed into a corner in the final days of the window, he’ll be moving heaven and earth to hold onto Dembele. That likely means ensuring the asking price remains sky-high.

Celtic, meanwhile, appear to be focusing their sights on securing Georgios Giakoumakis from VVV-Venlo [Daily Record]. If we were to suddenly make a move for Dembele, it would come as a huge shock.

But there’s an opportunity to revisit this further down the line. If Dembele has another strong few months with the Championship club, it could be worth looking at in January. Especially with the player available on a pre-contract agreement for next summer.

However, McAnthony appears ready to stick to his guns over the striker heading into the final week of the window.

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