Report: Wales international would cost Celtic £3.5m after holding talks

By David Walton

June 16, 2022

Wales international Rabbi Matondo would cost Celtic as much as £3.5m this summer, according to the Sun.

The report states that as many as 6 clubs are interested in him in both England and France. Indeed, Lens, Brest, and Troyes are all said to be pondering a move whilst Brentford, Leeds United, and Nottingham Forest are also credited with an interest.

Celtic, meanwhile, have already been reported to have held talks with the Schalke winger already. Wales Online claimed that booth the Hoops and Rangers had spoken with the player’s representatives.

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Matondo spent last season on loan with Cercle Brugge in Belgium. However, they couldn’t afford to pay the player’s option-to-buy fee [Cercle Brugge Twitter].

The player had a fine season in Belgium too. Matondo managed 10 goals for the season operating largely as a left-winger. However, he also featured up top and on the right flank too [Transfermarkt].

It remains to be seen where the player would prefer to be playing his football. But for now, it looks as though Celtic have plenty of competition in store.

Celtic will be wondering whether a new left-winger is essential

It’s vital that squad evolution continues to be a theme at Celtic Park regardless of whether we believe our starting XI is strong enough. However, at the same time, money earned from qualifying for the UCL simply must be spent wisely.

There’s a genuine question to be asked regarding whether Celtic would be smart to part ways with as much as £3.5m for another left-winger. Especially when we have Daizen Maeda and [hopefully] Jota operating in that spot next season.

Let’s also not forget that James Forrest has been handed a new contract and will be itching to show Ange Postecoglou and the Celtic supporters what he can do next year.

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£3.5m certainly isn’t eye-watering, but you have to wonder if it’s worth investing in given our current situation. We have so many potential left-wing options at the moment who won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

You get the feeling as if this would be a smarter plan for Celtic if we needed a contingency plan for Jota. But as things stand, it doesn’t look overly essential to be discussing that situation at the moment.

With the player now entering the final year of his contract, the competition for his signature is only going to grow. With things looking as they are at Celtic just now, it’s worth putting this on the back-burner.

In other news, Report: Celtic close to making second summer signing; Barkas replacement