Celtic’s hopes of losing Boli Bolingoli this summer may have taken a blow, with Amiens in talks to sign a new left-back according to the Daily Record.
The Record has reported the news coming out of France is that Amiens are keen on Liverpool youngster Adam Lewis.
Sky Sports reported towards the end of the week that the Ligue 2 side had made a loan offer with the option to buy Bolingoli. The potential permanent transfer fee was reportedly in the region of £2.3million.
However, that looks like it has been thrust into doubt given the latest news.
Boli’s Celtic career looks to be all but over after he breached protocol set by the Scottish Government to tackle the current global health pandemic.
Celtic must accept whatever offer comes their way
Amiens have yet to sign a left-back this summer, so any potential deal for Boli isn’t be dead just yet.
However, should they complete the signing of Lewis, you have to imagine that would be that.
But Celtic can’t be picky when it comes to getting rid of the Belgian. Neil Lennon has already said that it would be extremely difficult for him to come back into contention. When your manager is making comments like that – it’s over.
The downside for the Hoops is that clubs will know this. That’s why the reported fee of £2.3m for Boli somewhere down the line was surprising.
Clubs will be looking at the former Rapid Vienna man and will know they can get him on a cut-price deal. Who on earth is going to pay his full value at the moment?
Amiens could simply see Lewis as more of a short-term solution without having to pay as much of a fee as they would need to for Boli.
But recouping most of the £3m we spent last summer on him (Scottish Sun) is hardly the priority here for Celtic.
Any proper offer for him simply must be accepted – there’s no other road to go down.