The profit Celtic could make from potential Olivier Ntcham agreement

By David Walton

February 1, 2021

Celtic could bank a tidy £4.3million profit on Olivier Ntcham if his Marseille switch goes through.

A report from RMC Sport earlier stated that the Ligue 1 side have made their move for the Frenchman. The agreement is said to be a loan offer with an option to buy in the summer.

This comes after the Daily Record last night stated he was unlikely to move today. However, things tend to move quickly on deadline day, and all of a sudden Ntcham looks favourite to head out.

When the Hoops signed Ntcham from Manchester City in the summer of 2017, he cost the club £4.5m [BBC]. According to France Football journalist Nabil Djellit, Marseille’s option-to-buy clause will come with a €10m (£8.8m) figure attached to it.

Should they take that up come the end of the season, Celtic will bank a fine £4.3m profit. Not bad for a player who’s barely been at the races this season.

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Asking myself the question of whether Ntcham actually deserves a move to one of Europe’s top five leagues results in one clear answer – never in a million years.

He has had performance and attitude problems during his time at Parkhead. This season alone he’s been highly disappointing and hasn’t appeared to give his all when given opportunities. So much so that he hasn’t played 90 minutes for us since Sparta Prague away. He’s lucky to be getting this switch.

To actually bag a profit on the midfielder is a bonus. To get such a substantial one is even better. Especially considering he’ll only have a year left on his contract this summer. Of course, there are a couple of hurdles that need jumping.

Ntcham’s performances have been inconsistent as of late / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

First off, the deal actually has to go through. It’s difficult to see Celtic or Ntcham turning this down. So if Marseille want to make a move, he’s likely theirs.

Secondly, he actually has to impress in France. His style should suit the French league of course. It relies so much on technical ability and that’s something Ntcham has in abundance. Playing back home will also likely see him play with more of a freedom and happiness than he’s shown here for some time.

Hopefully, everything here can get worked out and we can get this confirmed. Ntcham has been a decent servant to the club over the last three-and-a-half years. But his time here is up if there’s genuine interest.

In another news, a report believes Celtic may have found their Ben Davies alternative.