Turkish Report: Fenerbahce lower Bright Osayi-Samuel asking price; Celtic still interested

By David Walton

August 4, 2021

Fenerbahce have lowered their asking price for Bright Osayi-Samuel to €3million [£2.6m], with Celtic still keen according to Turkish outlet Fanatik.

Celtic were first linked with a move for the Nigerian back in his QPR days. Neil Lennon was said to want him on a free transfer last summer [Scottish Sun], but a move never came about as Fenerbahce snapped him up.

Osayi-Samuel joined Fener back in January, but has yet to make any sort of influence. Despite managing 19 appearances, the former Blackpool and QPR man only has one goal and one assist [Transfermarkt].

Celtic have been linked with a move for him again this summer [Fotospor]. However, over the course of recent weeks it’s been said that he would cost €4m [£3.4m] [Aspor].

But as the window rolls on and no move for Osayi-Samuel seems imminent, Fanatik claims the price has now been lowered by €1m. It’s said that Celtic are still keen on making a move.

Fenerbahce winger Bright Osayi-Samuel seems unlikely to be moving to Celtic anytime soon

At the start of the summer window, this would’ve looked more of a goer than it now is. After all, we were short down the right flank and needed another body in.

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However, Celtic have signed Liel Abada and for a sizable sum too. Considering we forked out £3.5m to lure the Israeli to Parkhead [Scottish Sun], Ange Postecoglou will be putting his faith in him.

Granted, we still need an option on the left. Mohamed Elyounoussi has yet to be replaced whilst Mikey Johnston remained injured. Osayi-Samuel does have experience on that flank, but it isn’t his main position.

It would be unwise to splash out on the winger if we were eyeing him up for a left-wing role. Sure, you could put Abada on the left and Osayi-Samuel on the right, but then you’re not playing the former in his strongest position either.

So this certainly looked a lot more likely a prospect several weeks ago. Now, Postecoglou’s summer priorities will surely have updated.

Sorting the full-back situation out remains the key target before the window closes. Until that’s done, we won’t be tackling the main areas of concern.

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