As reported by the Scottish Sun, English clubs are said to be circling Celtic right-back Jeremie Frimpong.
Although delegates from Southampton and “a number” (Scottish Sun) of Championship clubs are not literally hovering Parkhead in aircraft, it’s still little surprise to see Frimpong linked with a move away.
That “number” could be 1 or 22, we don’t know. What we do know, however, is that any move for the Dutch youngster is complicated by a transfer clause.
What that clause means for Celtic
Sell-on clauses are a normal part of transfer business in today’s market. Manchester City are no mugs. They’ll have known of Frimpong’s potential, and while he has already exceeded expectations, they’ll still be glad of the clause.
Frimpong has made 21 appearances for Celtic this season (Transfermarkt), and the Dutch youngster is a firm Neil Lennon favourite. Celtic must rebuff anything less than a significant offer.
Celtic have developed Frimpong into a first-team regular. In 19-20, the Dutchman benefitted from Moritz Bauer’s performances and Hatem Elhamed’s injuries. His breakout game in October 2019 against Aberdeen was astonishing (BBC).
There’s no doubt that he’ll have impressed a number of clubs. Manchester City might, at times, wonder what they’ve let go. However, they were smart enough to know they could recoup a decent fee if Celtic were to let Frimpong move on.
A transfer seems incredibly unlikely at this stage, despite reports. With the clause in mind, Celtic would need to accept a large fee to recoup a decent amount for Frimpong. Unsubstantiated paper talk shouldn’t worry supporters too much at this stage.
There’s still a hell of a lot more that Celtic can get out of Frimpong yet. His defensive positioning, awareness and end product are by no means there yet. If he’s to move further up the pitch, he needs to find the easy passes. His sprinting, stamina and fearlessness are exciting, but he’s still a rough prospect.
With that in mind, Celtic would do well to hold on to him. To make selling Frimpong worth it, it needs to be something in the £7m-£10m range. At this moment in time, that seems beyond the realms of likelihood.