Celtic will have to move quickly if they want to land Sebastian Andersson on a cut-price deal – according to a report from Germany.
Neil Lennon’s men have been linked with the Swedish international forward in recent transfer windows and watched the player in late 2019. (Bild)
Now fellow German outlet Kicker have revealed that any interested parties have until the weekend to buy the Union Berlin man before his release fee clause expires.
The Daily Record say this clause is set at £4million and that clubs have until Saturday morning to buy it out.
The Kicker report credits ourselves, Lille, Newcastle and Schalke with an interest in the man who netted 12 goals in the Bundesliga in the season just finished.
Andersson age likely to end Celtic hopes
Without knowing a great deal about Andersson, his record of 12 goals in 33 top-flight league matches looks pretty impressive.
£4million also doesn’t seem like a lot of money to part with for such a consistent goalscorer.
However, the fact he is 29-years-old is likely to work against him with regards to a move to Celtic.
Other than a few clear examples, we tend to buy players in their early-to-mid 20s and improve them before selling on for an even greater fee.
Given that Andersson is already pushing 30, we would likely not be able to recoup any money when selling him on in a few seasons.
We would also likely have heard something more recent about our interest in him, if this was something that was going to happen.
However, it does prove that there are good deals to be had out there in mainland Europe, if you are aware of release clauses and contract situations.