Report: Norwich could lodge insulting offer for Celtic's Kris Ajer
EPL new boys Norwich City could be about to throw a ridiculous offer for Kris Ajer Celtic’s way, according to the Scottish Sun.
The Sun reports that the Norfolk outfit, who bagged promotion from the Championship this season, are in need of a new centre-back.
The report claims that Norwich’s Stuart Webber – the club’s sporting director – has been to watch Ajer several times over the last few weeks. However, the reported fee they could look to pay should be laughed right out the door at Celtic Park.
The Sun states that they’re committed to splashing out £8million on Max Aarons this summer, and that they’re eyeing up a similar fee for Ajer. This is said to be down to the fact his contract is into its final 12 months.
It’s also been stated in the report that AC Milan are still long-term admirers of Ajer. However, the player is said to be ready for a new challenge after five years in Glasgow.
Norwich should be dismissed instantly, £15m plus for Kris Ajer and then we’ll talk
Yes, his contract being into its final 12 months does bring up some issues. It clearly decreases the value of the footballer, and Ajer is no different in that sense.
But let’s be honest. If we had Ajer down for the next four years and a club came in for him now? You shouldn’t be looking for anything less than £25m-£30m for someone of his potential.
At 22, Ajer already has over 250 games in senior football [Transfermarkt]. He’s experienced both at European and international level with Norway. He adds so much versatility to the backline and can be a key attacking threat as well as a dominant defensive presence.
Talk of anything even near £8m should be laughed out the door. Not in today’s world. That’s just Norwich shopping for a bargain if that’s the case. The truth is, with Ajer into the final 12 months of his deal, somewhere around the £15m mark would be more respectful.
And that should be especially so when we’re talking about Premier League clubs. A league in which clubs at the bottom end of it splash out around £4om for their biggest players these days. If Ajer went down to England, he would quickly become a standout.
Just because the likes of Ajer are into the final years of their contracts, it doesn’t mean we need to accept peanuts. And £8m for someone of his talent would be exactly that.