With all of us still waiting on confirmation of Lewis Morgan’s deal to join Inter Miami this month, a fresh report has shed some light on the figure involved.
The Mail’s report, however, goes against any claim that the figure involved is significant. Instead, it leaves Celtic without the satisfaction of making a profit from the former St Mirren man’s inevitable departure.
Indeed, when Morgan signed for Celtic back in January 2018, the figure involved was also £300k (BBC). So whilst we’ve managed to avoid a loss on this one, we also didn’t make a profit on a player who has played 18 times this season (Transfermarkt).
The Mail believes that Morgan has been given assurances that he’ll be a key player for Inter Miami this season. Therefore, you can hardly blame the winger for wanting to depart given the circumstances.
A disappointing fee in the end
Given the initial news of the figure being a significant one, you could’ve been forgiven to think we were being offered over half-a-million for Morgan’s services at least.
After all, it’s not as if he was out of contract anytime soon. Morgan’s deal at Parkhead currently runs until the summer of 2022 (Transfermarkt). It’s not as if he was into his final few months and we needed to get a fee for him.
However, the club can’t be accused of doing anything wrong here. In fact, they deserve credit for being able to shift some of the deadwood without being forced to suffer a loss. Sure, we could’ve tried to hold out for more money, but we would’ve risked Miami’s interest waning.
It was more important that we shifted him off the wage bill considering we all knew he wasn’t up to scratch. It’s just a tad disappointing that we didn’t manage to squeeze a bit more out of Inter for him.
It shows the massive financial disparity between ourselves and the rest of Europe once again. Morgan, whilst clearly not being good enough to be a key player here, was still a regular in our matchday squads. And even despite being under contract for the long-term, we could only nab a few hundred thousand for him.
You’ll do well to find a Premier League player who’s played 18 times this season and available for £300k. So it’s fair to say the figure is underwhelming.
In any case, fair play to the club for managing to attract an offer for Morgan. The big question now is how many others will follow him out of the door.