Report: The incredibly insulting fee Udinese will look to sign Celtic talent Stephen Welsh for

By David Walton

January 10, 2022

Udinese will laughably look to sign Stephen Welsh for as little as £1.5m, the Scottish Sun reports.

The newspaper believes that the Serie A club remain heavily interested in the Celtic centre-back. That’s despite the fact they had a previous loan offer with an option to buy knocked back.

The Sun claims that they will almost certainly come back in with a second bid for the player. It remains to be seen if it would be of the same structure as the first.

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However, it’s said that they will look to do it up to £1.5m, which potentially even means that they’re trying to get him for cheaper.

Welsh has made 19 appearances this season and continues to be a regular in the first-team. Ange Postecoglou rates him highly, even if he isn’t currently a part of our strongest centre-back partnership.

Welsh came through the academy and graduated back in 2020, when he made his first-team breakthrough under Neil Lennon.

Stephen Welsh won’t be going from Celtic to Udinese for those figures

It’s incredible to think that anyone believes they could get Welsh for such a small valuation. It seems to be that if you’re not part of our strongest XI then clubs, particularly abroad, think they can nab them at a snip.

That’s not the case. We’re still talking about a highly-promising youth graduate who has a lot to offer Celtic in the long-run.

Let’s also not forget that Welsh is contracted to Celtic until 2025. He isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, with the Hoops holding all the aces in any deal. The reason Welsh was given a new contract by the club, outside of his ability, was to give us protection from lowball offers.

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They didn’t tie Welsh down so that we could entertain bids of £1.5m. It’s an insult and something the club will undoubtedly close the door very quickly on.

As for any further bids from Udinese, don’t expect this to go anywhere. They are so far off Celtic’s true valuation of the player that it seems pointless to even discuss it with them any further. We’ve plenty of work to be done in the window and we could do without this kind of time-wasting.

It would be interesting to know what Welsh thought of a potential move. But so long as offers of this nature are making their way to the Parkhead desk, nothing is likely to happen.

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