Report: Dave Cormack keen to take action on Connor Barron future amid Celtic speculation
Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack is keen on tying down midfield talent Connor Barron amid speculation over a move to Celtic, according to the Daily Record.
The report states that the Dons are already trying to renegotiate another deal with the player despite the fact he only signed a contract back in January. That particular deal has him tied down at Pittodrie until the summer of 2024. Clearly, however, the Dons now want more security after a fine second half of the season from Barron.
The Scotland under-21 international was scouted on international duty by Celtic with Genk also reportedly joining the Hoops in taking a look at him [Daily Record].
Today, the Record has claimed that there has been fresh interest in his services from Serie A. Both Bologna and Sassuolo are said to be keen, with the latter in particular believing he would be a good prospect for the future.
As to how much Aberdeen could currently demand for Barron is up in the air. However, their £8m fee from Liverpool for Calvin Ramsay is likely to have him eyeing up a hefty figure here [The Athletic].
Barron made 15 appearances for the Granite City club last season and will likely be a big part of Jim Goodwin’s plans heading into the new season [Transfermarkt].
Celtic unlikely to sink too deeply into their pockets for Connor Barron
The highest transfer fee between 2 Scottish clubs continues to be the £4.4m we splashed out on Scott Brown way back in 2007 [The Guardian]. Since then, no deal has really come close to smashing it.
Barron, as exciting a talent as he is, isn’t going to be the one to do it either. Whilst Aberdeen would want heavily compensated, they have to be realistic in their goals and recognise that they won’t get anywhere near the Ramsay fee.
Not to mention Barron isn’t particularly an improvement on what we currently have in the squad. If he’s going to be a player eyed up for the long-term then Celtic will spend accordingly if they believe it’s worth making the move. But the fee won’t be anything eyebrow-raising.
Cormack, of course, will be doing all he can to tie him to Pittodrie for the long-term. If he manages that, it puts Aberdeen in a stronger position not just now but in future windows. Something that won’t be the case if Barron stays for much longer and runs down.
Celtic have some big priority signings to make this summer, but Barron isn’t one of them. It’s not so much a luxury deal, but one the Hoops will know they could decide against and not ruffle too many feathers amongst the support.
The transfer interest from elsewhere of course only helps Aberdeen. But for now? No reports of an official offer.