Report: Celtic admirer Alberth Elis now worth £8.5m after Boavista campaign

By David Walton

May 23, 2021

The Celtic admiring Alberth Elis is said to be worth as much as €10million (£8.5m) to Boavista, according to Honduran outlet Diez.

Elis was linked with a move to Parkhead back in the summer of 2020. Celtic were said to have had a £3million offer rejected for the attacker’s services by former club Houston Dynamo [Daily Record]. Since then, however, he’s gone on to new heights with Boavista.

The Honduran has managed a superb eight goals and seven assists in 32 outings this season [Transfermarkt]. Some may shrug their shoulders at these stats, but considering Boavista finished the campaign in 13th and only two points above the relegation zone, he’s been crucial for them.

And now, Diez states that sources in Portugal believe the player to now be as much as £8.5m. That’s an increase of £5.5m on what Celtic had previously offered to try and nab him from Houston Dynamo in the summer.

It’s even more frustrating from a Celtic perspective given what Elis said during his time at Houston. He claimed he had been telling Emilio Izaguirre to recommend him to the club [Daily Record].

New Alberth Elis Boavista valuation changes everything

It’s surprising to see Elis’ price rocket so highly. Especially for a club that finished so low in the Portuguese league. But even so, that’s a sign of what one good year in a decent European league can do for your market value.

If there’s no wiggle room there, forget about Celtic going back in for him. We’d have needed a much more reasonable valuation to have been set given we need a host of players in at the club this summer. We simply can’t justify spending that level of cash on a left-winger.

It’s not as if Elis is going to go without interest either. Portuguese outlet O Jogo reported last month that Bordeaux, Rennes, Nice, and Watford were all keen. Unfortunately, all of those competitors play in Europe’s top five leagues. Effectively meaning they can afford Boavista’s asking price.

Alberth Elis celebrates after netting in Porto (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Granted, Elis’ own personal ambitions may go against signing for any of these clubs. Before he made the move to Boavista, he stated that he wanted to be playing Champions League football [Daily Record]. Out of all of the clubs linked with a move for him, we’re the only one who has that carrot to provide him.

But even then that still wouldn’t get us past the barrier of the transfer fee. Whilst we need a left-winger, we need to find an alternative who can be bought much cheaper than that. It’s about buying smartly this summer, not expensively. And certainly not so expensive for one player.

We’ll see how the landscape changes with this one in the coming weeks. The early signs, however, seem to indicate that we can forget moving for Elis this year.

In other news, a £4million-rated Celtic target claims he reads speculation on Twitter.