Report: Porto to come back in for Celtic star Olivier Ntcham

By David Walton

May 16, 2019

Porto are reportedly gearing up to make a fresh bid for Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham.

According to the Scottish Sun, the Frenchman has been tracked over the past year by the Portuguese heavyweights.

Reports in January from the likes of the Sun had Porto willing to break the bank to get Ntcham to Portugal. They were apparently willing to spend £14million to make it happen.

Olivier Ntcham has dropped out of the Celtic starting XI (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

And whilst Celtic are in a great position when it comes to negotiations here, they’re likely not to receive such a huge sum for him. This could be down to the fact Ntcham is no longer an essential part of the Celtic starting XI, therefore we can’t command the same fee.

The former Manchester City man also signed a new contract earlier on this season. He’s now tied to Parkhead until 2022.

Porto captain Hector Herrera could leave the club for free at the end of the season. It is believed by the Sun that Ntcham would make a perfect replacement for him in Porto’s eyes.

Celtic have the power in any deal

Regardless of whether you want to keep Ntcham or not, it will be Celtic that holds all of the aces here. Given Ntcham’s contract length, they have absolutely no reason to sell.

There’s no urgent need for Celtic to sell Ntcham (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Frenchman has made 35 appearances for the Hoops this season too. Despite the fact he’s generally underperformed, he clearly remains a big part of the squad despite dropping out of the starting XI.

A substantial offer for Ntcham, however, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Celtic did sanction a sale. An eight-figure sum would be extremely tempting given Ntcham’s performances this season. It’s not been reported just how much Porto could be willing to spend on him.

Peter Lawwell holds the aces in any Ntcham deal (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

There should be plenty of comings and goings at Parkhead this summer. This could result in some shocks too, and Ntcham leaving would probably fall into that bracket.

Celtic will hopefully bolster the quality we have in the midfield this close-season too. A decent offer for Ntcham and it would, therefore, be extremely surprising if he stayed.

But if Porto want him, they’re still going to have to cough up. Celtic are in no need to sell.