Brighton are open to an alternative offer from Celtic that would allow Shane Duffy to leave the Amex for Parkhead permanently, according to the Sunday Post.
The Sunday Post has reported that Celtic want to take the Republic of Ireland international on a year-long loan deal as opposed to splashing out £5million for his signature.
The newspaper, however, has said that whilst Brighton are open to that, they have also suggested a compromise. That being that Celtic could pay £1.25million per year over a four-year spell if they want to take Duffy permanently.
Celtic’s exit from the Champions League last week has the club feeling that a flat out payment of £5m would be too steep, the paper states.
However, the Post believes Celtic do have competition for his signature. Both West Brom and West Ham aren’t put off by the asking fee from the Premier League club as they also look to prize Duffy from the Amex Stadium.
An unusual agreement but one that would suit Celtic
It wouldn’t be like the club to accept an agreement over the course of four years. The last thing the manager would want is to see any deal effect future transfer budgets.
But this is one transfer you can’t really accuse our Champions League exit of affecting. Had we beaten Ferencvaros last week, there would still be no guarantee that we were going to qualify for the groups in any case. It’s also not as if Duffy is going to wait until after the Champions League playoffs to make his decision.
In addition to that, Duffy is supposed to be a boyhood Celtic fan. If that is indeed the case, why would he be put off coming to Parkhead just because we didn’t qualify for the Champions League?
Surely, the prospect of potentially winning 10-in-a-row would be enough for a Hoops supporter to make the switch to Glasgow? Our qualifying exit, therefore, should be no big disaster when it comes to the Duffy deal.
Four installments of £1.25m would certainly be an unusual way for us to meet the player’s valuation. But if it’s a bit of a complex deal in order to help secure the 10? There’ll be no regrets if we’re all celebrating at the end of the season.
Given the Hoops spent £7million on Christopher Jullien last summer (The Herald), this offer would surely be too good to refuse if it is indeed on the table.