Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has touched on the speculation surrounding Omar Colley’s future.
Colley has consistently been linked with a move to Celtic in recent weeks. Calciomercato reported last month that the Hoops were keen on the centre-back. Sky Sports then stated several days ago that the club had enquired about the Gambian, who is valued at £10million.
The player was a regular last season as he made 32 appearances for the Serie A side (Transfermarkt). Therefore any deal for Colley doesn’t look like being cheap.
And Sampdoria chief Ferrero seemed to back up that idea with his latest comments as he tried to compare the speculation to that of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.
As quoted by SampNews24, Ferrero said: “Why should I give him away? Do you know how much De Laurentiis (Napoli president) is wanting for the possible sale of Koulibaly? What are we even talking about?”
Hardly an owner who sounds willing to sell
If Sampdoria aren’t willing to play ball then any move for Colley is going to be far too expensive. With Sky reporting his value at £10m, that would be an unheard of fee for the Hoops to pay for a centre-back. It would be a record fee for the club as a whole.
You then factor in whether Celtic actually need the Gambian international anymore. Before Shane Duffy’s arrival, we were in real need of some strength at the back. But now we have Duffy, Christopher Jullien, and Kristoffer Ajer as the main centre-backs.
In addition to that, Nir Bitton and Hatem Elhamed looked extremely solid together as a centre-back pairing for Israel as they held Scotland to a 1-1 draw on Friday. So that’s another two options for Neil Lennon to consider.
The Hoops have also been linked with Philadelphia Union centre-back Mark McKenzie (Sky Sports). He’ll likely be much more affordable than Colley. Especially when you take into account Ferrero’s comments.
He compares the speculation surrounding the defender to the potential sale of Koulibaly from Napoli. However, Colley doesn’t have anywhere near the level of Champions League experience as his Serie A rival. It seems unfair to compare both players’ potential values.
In any case, there doesn’t appear to be any backing down from Sampdoria on their value of the player. For Celtic to make a move, that surely has to change.