Report: Newcastle not keen to enter bidding war for Celtic star Kris Ajer
Newcastle United aren’t keen on entering a bidding war to sign Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer, the Athletic reports.
The report claims Newcastle remain keen on the Norwegian. However, it’s stated that, due to their limited financial budget, they’re wary of being forced into overspending.
It’s also been reported by the Athletic that Newcastle have already started looking at alternatives. Spurs’ Cameron Carter-Vickers and Schalke’s Ozan Kabak are mentioned as potential second-choice options.
The Athletic states Ajer remains Newcastle’s primary target, with the player aware of their interest for months. Celtic are said to be anticipating an offer, with Norwich City and Bayer Leverkusen also keen.
It’s been reported in the past that Celtic will look for as much as £12m in order to do a deal [Glasgow Times].
Celtic right to bat away Newcastle interest if they can’t afford Ajer
It seems unusual, but there can be a point when English Premier League clubs can’t afford Celtic players. This may be one of those rare examples.
Newcastle have set themselves a fairly stringent transfer budget this season. Given they have several other transfer priorities this summer, they may not have the cash to splash out £12m on Ajer. And if they don’t, Celtic should send them packing.
As Celtic fans, we’re so used to Premier League clubs popping up and taking what they want. Whether it’s Arsenal in for Kieran Tierney or Southampton in for Stuart Armstrong, Virgil van Dijk, and Victor Wanyama. We’ve become so used to just selling our best players because a step-up has come calling.
But there’s no way Newcastle should be getting him for any less than his valuation. It’s not so much that they can’t afford it. It’s do do with the fact that he isn’t big enough a transfer priority to get done for that figure. Newcastle are entitled to have their own list of top priorities heading into the summer window, but Celtic are also entitled to their own valuation.
There’s no rule that states we need to sell him to the Magpies. Especially with interest from Norwich and Leverkusen also there. Someone will be willing to give us our vull valuation for Ajer.
If Newcastle are refusing to be that club, then it’ll be them that misses out at the end of the day.