Olivier Ntcham’s summer may have been quite eventful, but you have to question the validity of today’s reports.
According to French media outlet 20 minutes, Ntcham was offered to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux over the summer. However, the French club apparently rejected the offer because of the transfer fee and because he wasn’t an experienced midfielder.
Football Scotland then reported that the rumoured fee for Ntcham was €4million. Yet, despite what would’ve apparently been a terrific deal for Bordeaux, they turned it down.
You really do have to question all of this. Sure, Ntcham voiced his frustrations over the summer to L’Equipe. He may have said that he was too good for Scottish football, but it doesn’t seem likely that Celtic actively tried to offload him for such little money.
First of all, if Celtic wanted to get rid of Ntcham, why didn’t they attempt to offer him to the clubs who were reportedly interested? Marseille may have financial troubles at the moment, but there was nothing to stop Celtic going to them and Porto if they wished to get rid of the Frenchman.
In addition to that – €4million. Really? That totally goes against the figures Celtic were reportedly wanting for Ntcham over the summer.
Celtic have made the right decision to keep Ntcham
So the idea that Celtic offered their star midfielder to Bordeaux for as little as £3.65m seems a little doubtful to say the least.
Granted, that doesn’t necessarily mean he wasn’t actually offered. After all, there were also reports during the summer that Celtic had tried to use him in a player-plus-cash deal for Lys Mousset (The Scotsman). But that was apparently in order to get another forward player in.
What would Celtic honestly have got for selling Ntcham to Bordeaux for such a small fee? A few million quid? And just look at the quality of player you would be giving away for that kind of money. Unless that’s a big misprint from Football Scotland, which it may very well be, then it’s difficult to believe this actually happened.