Report: How much AEK Athens will give Olivier Ntcham to leave Celtic
AEK Athens want to sign Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham this summer, the Scottish Sun reports.
Ntcham has had a fruitless year at both Celtic and on loan with Marseille in Ligue 1. After struggling to make an impact as a bench-warmer during the first half of the season, he was given the opportunity to taste one of Europe’s top leagues.
However, one disaster after another led to the Frenchman falling out of favour with Marseille. Now, he finds himself back at Celtic Park and into the final year of his contract.
But the Sun believes that Greek side Athens are looking to lure Ntcham away this summer. It’s been reported that they’re willing to pay him £20k-per-week in order to take the leap. They’re also looking to do a deal now as opposed to waiting for Ntcham to be in the final six months of his deal. That means they’ll happily pay Celtic a fee for his services.
The report also claims that Celtic have the option to terminate Ntcham’s contract now. It remains to be seen whether the new manager will have the final say.
AEK Athens move would be a side-step for Celtic midfielder
A move to Athens would feel a touch surreal. Not because Greek football is a poor standard, but because it’s hardly been made out by Ntcham to be where he sees himself. Ntcham has in the past claimed that he’s too good for Scottish football [The Herald]. Moving to Greece would hardly be a step-up.
Ntcham’s ambitions have surely always been to compete in one of the top five European leagues. Granted, his dismal spell with Marseille wasn’t the greatest advert for him ahead of the summer window.
If there is a sustained level of interest, however, Celtic would be as well holding onto him. We might as well try to bag ourselves a fee for him whilst we still can. Every little helps with regards to the summer rebuild.
Worst case scenario is that a new manager comes in and thinks he can still offer us something. Although how Ntcham would react to that is anyone’s guess given he’s hardly appeared keen to commit to Celtic in recent times.
There looks to be little reason to terminate his contract however. That’s an option that makes little sense financially if there’s genuine interest in the player. It would be intriguing to see how the Frenchman views the prospect of a move to Greece.
With all due respect to Athens, this surely isn’t what Ntcham had in mind when planning his Celtic departure.