Report: Brentford close to signing Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer for £13.5m
Brentford are close to signing Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer for a record-breaking £13.5m, according to Daily Telegraph journalist John Percy.
It’s been stated that the newly-promoted EPL side have come to an agreement with the Hoops over a fee and the structure of payments.
It comes only days after they were reportedly rebuffed in a previous bid for the Norwegian defender [Scottish Sun]. The likes of Norwich City, Newcastle United, and Bayer Leverkusen have also been reportedly interested in the player this summer [Northern Echo].
Ajer has yet to play for Celtic in pre-season. However, the former Start man did take part in the club’s pre-season training camp in Wales.
The news comes after reports that Celtic are closing in on centre-back Carl Starfelt from Rubin Kazan [Fabrizio Romano].
Brentford deal for Ajer looks a goer; Celtic need to quickly move on
It looks as though Ajer is heading to London and the EPL this season then. It remains to be seen if personal terms will be agreed, but it’s hardly likely to be an issue.
Ajer is surely focusing solely on moving upward and getting into one of Europe’s top five leagues. Regardless of the fact Brentford are only newly promoted, he’ll view this as a massive chance to springboard his career to greater heights.
From a Celtic perspective, we just have to get this deal over and done with. The player clearly doesn’t want to be here this season. We can try and drag out his final year if we want to, but it won’t be something he’ll be happy with.
Even if a move to Brentford still managed to fall through, something else would come up. There’s just nothing in this for Celtic if we’re only holding onto a player insistent on leaving.
Of course, it does open up a big concern ahead of the UEFA Champions League qualifier against Midtjylland on Tuesday. Celtic need to act swiftly if we’re allowing Kris to leave.
£13.5m isn’t anywhere near his true valuation either. But that was the risk we took in not selling him last summer. Now, it’s best for all parties if this move goes ahead.