Peterborough United not interested in selling Siriki Dembele to Celtic this summer

By David Walton

July 14, 2021

Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry has stated that Siriki Dembele will likely be staying with the club despite interest from Celtic.

Constant speculation has surrounded Siriki, brother of Celtic starlet Karamoko Dembele. With the player refusing to commit to a new contract with Posh, this is the League One club’s final chance to get a good deal for their prized asset.

Back in March, Celtic were linked with an interest by Give Me Sport. And after coming off a season in which he bagged 12 goals and 12 assists, the centre-forward would appear to be hot property [Transfermarkt].

Yet despite the interest and Dembele’s seeming lack of commitment, Fry has claimed that Peterborough will be looking to hold onto Dembele regardless.

As quoted by The Transfer Tavern, Fry said: “He’s a talented boy and just because he’s in his last year, people think we’ll sell. We won’t.

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“We’ve got a better chance of retaining our Championship status with Jonson Clarke-Harris and Dembele in our side than not. It’s got to be substantial figures for either of them or we’ll just let Dembele go for nothing in a year.

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“If he keeps us up, it’s worth £15million to us. It’s well worth it.”

Peterborough willing to lose Siriki Dembele for nothing; Celtic will be monitoring closely

So Fry is more keen on losing Dembele for nothing than bringing in a moderate fee this summer. You can see the logic in all honesty.

Dembele would be a fine acquisition for Celtic, but an even bigger loss for Peterborough. Taking him out of their squad would remove 24 goals from the team. To do that for only a few million pounds? If they don’t need the case then it isn’t worth doing.

If Fry is effectively hinting that Dembele is worth £15m, mind you, then Celtic will be nowhere near it. In fact, nobody will be considering he can be plucked for absolutely nothing as soon as January.

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You can even argue whether Celtic still need Dembele too. If Odsonne Edouard remains at the club, there’s becomes no need to replace him. If Albian Ajeti steps up? That adds another striker to the mix. Granted, the uncertain future of Leigh Griffiths combined with the departure of Patryk Klimala makes another striker worthwhile.

But Dembele is simply too pricey for his current situation. You would hope, come January, this is something we could revisit even if we’ve already brought a new centre-forward on board.

At 24, he’s at the right age to move on from Posh. A step up to Celtic Park could be the best move he ever makes.

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