Report: Celtic walk away from Caleb Ekuban talks due to Trabzonspor's valuation

By David Walton

August 18, 2020

Celtic have dropped their interest in Trabzonspor striker Caleb Ekuban, according to popular Trabzon outlet Haber TS.

The report states that the Turkish side wanted as much as €7million (£6.3m) for the Ghana international’s services.

However, Haber TS say that Celtic refused to go over €5m (£4.5m). With Trabzonspor unwilling to listen to any offers under the €7m mark, the Parkhead side reportedly dropped their interest.

Reported Celtic target Caleb Ekuban (Photo by Serhat Cagdas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Ekuban is still a Trabzonspor player as things stand, but he has been linked with various clubs over the summer transfer window. The likes of Celta Vigo and Al-Hilal are just two of the clubs reportedly interested (KickGH).

The striker scored 10 goals in 34 appearances for Trabzonspor last season, and has two goals in four games for the Ghana national team (Transfermarkt).

Price looks too dear for what we would get

If it’s true that Trabzonspor simply aren’t listening to offers over €7m, then Celtic appear to be doing the right thing in dropping any interest.

Ekuban missed 19 games last season through injury, including the majority of their Europa League campaign (Transfermarkt). The amount of matches he couldn’t play would be an immediate concern.

In addition to that, Ekuban’s contract only runs until 2022. If nobody agrees to pay for his services this summer, Celtic could perhaps be able to go back in a year and attempt a cut-price deal for the forward.

Caleb Ekuban in action for Trabzonspor (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Of course, Celtic splashed out £5m to sign Albian Ajeti last week (Sky Sports). The money would’ve been there if the Hoops thought Ekuban was worth it.

But now there’s no overwhelming need to go out and bag the Ghana striker. With Patryk Klimala, Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, and Ajeti vying for game-time, Lennon doesn’t need to go with any more than four options this season.

Hopefully, this is a sign that Celtic are moving onto more priority positions in the transfer window.

In other news, some concerned Celtic supporters have urged the club not to sell a regularly-benched midfielder.