Sky Sports reporter tweets of Celtic enquiry for Sampdoria's Omar Colley

By David Walton

September 3, 2020

Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph has tweeted that Celtic have made an enquiry for Sampdoria centre-back Omar Colley.

According to the Sky man, the Serie A outfit value their defender at £10million. He also believes that there have been no official bids put in by the Scottish Champions.

The tweet comes after the player’s agent talked up speculation linking his player to the Premier League. He also told Italian media that Colley would be happy to stay with Sampdoria, and could even sign a new contract (Calciomercato).

Celtic completed a one-year loan deal for Shane Duffy yesterday, adding to the club’s current centre-back options of Christopher Jullien, Kris Ajer, Hatem Elhamed, and Nir Bitton respectively.

£10m wouldn’t fit Celtic’s bracket

If Sampdoria do want £10m for Colley, it doesn’t fit in with Celtic’s signing history when it comes to centre-backs. The highest the club has ever spent at the back remains the £7m deal that brought Jullien from Toulouse to Glasgow last season (Scottish Sun).

That’s not to say the club wouldn’t be interested in Colley. With 52 Serie A appearances to his name as well as experience of Europa League and international football (Transfermarkt), a deal may interest the Hoops if it provides decent value.

However, £10m for a centre-back that, as things stand we don’t necessarily need, would seem a tad excessive. Especially when there are other areas of the squad we should be prioritising.

Reported Celtic target Omar Colley / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Colley does have experience of featuring at left-back in the past – one of the positions the club needs to improve its stength in depth. But he’s naturally a centre-back, and certainly shouldn’t be signed for any other position.

For now we just have to sit back and wait to see what happens with this one as it continues to develop on a daily basis. But don’t be surprised if the Gambian ends up either down south or stays in Italy.

In other news, Celtic are reportedly in no rush to sell one of their other centre-backs.