Report: Bristol City to trigger Celtic-linked Antoine Semenyo contract clause

By David Walton

May 11, 2022

Bristol City will trigger the clause in Celtic-linked Antoine Semenyo’s contract that will keep him with the Championship club for an extra year, Bristol World reports.

Semenyo’s deal is set to expire in the summer of 2023, meaning that he’ll be into the final 12 months when the current campaign comes to an end. However, the local outlet believes City are set to trigger another extension that will actually see him tied to the club for an extra year.

The player’s agent recently confirmed interest from Celtic after having a phone call with first-team coach Gavin Strachan [Football Scotland]. This came after Bristol World reported that the Bhoys had scouts in place to watch him in a game against Reading back in February.

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But the player’s valuation looks a touch pricy if his contract is indeed to be extended. Bristol World believes that the Championship club want a figure of £20m before they’ll sell. They’ll only start taking offers seriously if they’re offered at least £15m.

Ange Postecoglou already appears to have begun his transfer work for the summer with a reported deal for Hammarby defender Mohanad Jeahze close to completion [Scottish Sun].

But it’s looking more and more doubtful that Semenyo will be one of the next to join him.

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Celtic can’t and won’t allow themselves to be held to ransom this summer

It’s easy to think just because we’re about to qualify for the UCL group stage that we’ll simply be able to splash the cash this summer. And whilst we will be able to speculate a little bit more in the transfer window, there comes a point where we’ll have to be realistic.

Spending £20m on a centre-forward, or indeed any player, doesn’t fit Celtic’s transfer policy. Semenyo only has 8 goals this season for a start, so we wouldn’t be getting a guaranteed 20 or 30-goal-per-season striker [Transfermarkt].

Celtic may very well need another forward of course. Albian Ajeti clearly isn’t good enough and the club will almost certainly be looking to find him a new path. That would leave only Kyogo and Giorgos Giakoumakis as our strike-force options respectively. Ange will want another, and he’ll need to be of the right quality.

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There’s no sign Bristol will be climbing down from their £20m valuation either. Even if they did, it would have to be a substantial drop before a move for Semenyo becomes realistic.

It looked possible that there could’ve been a big price reduction when he went into the final 12 months of his deal. But adding that extra year looks like it’ll take this potential one away from us.

Still, we’ll keep you updated on any developments here as always.

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