Report: Hibernian valuation for Celtic-linked Martin Boyle much higher than £3m
Hibernian want well over the £3m figure reported as being the valuation for Martin Boyle last wee, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.
Boyle has continued to be the subject of interest from Saudi Arabia. However, the Evening News believes that Al Faisaly – who have had 2 bids for the player rejected – aren’t set to return with a 3rd offer.
That could give Celtic a potential boost if they wish to nab the player. But the report claims that Hibs value him at a lot more than the £3m tag. A figure that may also make the Hoops think twice about making any potential move.
The Daily Record reported last night that Boyle’s contract offer from Al-Faisaly was worth as much as £1.5m per year. It comes after Boyle signed a new long-term contract in Leith last year – one that removed a clause allowing foreign clubs to nab him for £500k.
Boyle has had a rip-roaring season in Scottish football so far. The Australian international has bagged 14 goals and 5 assists in what’s effectively been a breakout campaign for him [Transfermarkt].
However, as of yet, there have been no reports of Celtic’s interest turning into a substantial offer.
Martin Boyle to Celtic would be a pricey deal
We know what Hibernian can be like to do negotiations with. Even if they’re under new ownership in Ron Gordon, they won’t be allowing their top stars to leave for anything other than top dollar.
Even at £3m, Celtic fans have been debating whether a punt for Boyle would be worth it. It’s not as if we don’t have options on the right side either. We still have James Forrest and Liel Abada battling it out for minutes.
If that figure was to rise to £4m or even £5m, it would be a monumental figure for a transaction between 2 Scottish clubs. One that would perhaps be difficult to justify.
But that’s the problem with him signing a new contract last season. Hibs hold all of the aces. Even if Boyle wanted to talk to Celtic and see what was on offer, it won’t matter if a meaty fee can’t be agreed for his services.
It of course remains to be seen just what happens with the Aussie international between now and the closure of the window. But Celtic know how stubborn Hibs can be after our failure to sign John McGinn back in the summer of 2018.
As things stand, a move for Boyle still seems a considerable distance away.