Report: The low release clause in Celtic-linked Mohammed Abu Fani's contract

By David Walton

June 8, 2022

Reported Celtic target Mohammed Abu Fani has a release clause in his contract worth €2million [£1.71m], according to Israeli outlet Israel Hayom.

Celtic’s initial interest in the player was reported by Sport 5, who claimed that he would be watched by the Hoops during his country’s Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Albania respectively. Abu Fani was given 61 minutes against the former with their clash against the Albanians taking place on Friday.

It was then claimed by the Daily Record that an offer of around £800k would be enough to secure the player. However, the official release clause in his contract is just over £1.7m writes the Tel-Aviv based newspaper. That, therefore, means Maccabi Haifa can’t demand any more than that figure if they try to keep the player.

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The latest on his situation came from another Israeli outlet in ONE, who claim that work is being done behind the scenes to get him a move abroad.

Abu Fani is part of Dudu Dahan’s agency ScoutPush. Dahan has had a host of dealings with Celtic in the past for players such as Nir Bitton, Hatem Abd Elhamed, and Liel Abada to name a few.

Abu Fani played a crucial role in Maccabi Haifa’s title success last season, securing 44 appearances, 6 goals, and 6 assists for the campaign [Transfermarkt].

Mohammed Abu Fani to Celtic would add further strength to central midfield

Abu Fani’s versatility could certainly be something that catches the eye of Ange Postecoglou here. The Israel international operated largely as an attacking mid last year. However, there were plenty of occasions where he was playing a deeper role too.

The engine room is by far our strongest area of the pitch with the number of options we have. However, with Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton departing, there is an argument there to say that we need another one in. Ange has already made it clear that he believes that to be the case [Football Scotland].

Certainly, there’s nothing to stop Celtic from making a move here if they feel it to be worthy of their time. After all, there are next to no obstacles in their path as things stand.

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The player clearly wants away whilst Maccabi Haifa are reportedly ready to accept the right offer for him [Sport 5]. Even with his contract up in 2026, there’s clearly a desire and understanding that he’ll move on to bigger and better things this summer.

Celtic just have to make sure it’s the right move for them. That’ll be what they’re using these current Nations League matches to do. After all, we don’t want to be bringing multiple midfielders to the club in the coming months as it simply isn’t necessary and the cost will rise. The one we do bring in needs to be able to go and compete for a spot straightaway.

Abu Fani certainly appears ready for the next step, but whether Celtic believe that should be in Glasgow is still up in the air.

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