Fenerbahce have made a €3million (£2.7m) offer for Bristol City’s Niclas Eliasson, according to Turkish outlet Yeni Safak.
The report states that Fenerbahce are still locked in talks with Bristol. Manager Selahattin Baki has also said to have spoken to Bristol directly in a bid to get a deal done for Eliasson as soon as possible.
Yeni Safak report that Fenerbahce want Eliasson to replace winger Garry Rodrigues, who is due to return to parent club Al-Ittihad in the summer of 2021.
If true, that could pose a problem for Celtic. Chief Scout Gary Penrice was reportedly at Bristol City’s game against Aston Villa last week as he looked over the Swedish under-21 international (Scottish Sun).
Eliasson has started the season having played two of Bristol’s five matches this season. The winger was benched for the other three and is in the final year of his contract (Transfermarkt).
A bidding war for Eliasson isn’t worthwhile
Nobody knows how highly Celtic value Eliasson or whether we had a fee in mind whilst the club has been scouting him. However, if this turns into a bidding war with other clubs then you have to question the value in this.
The Scottish Sun reported a couple of days ago that Afie Doughty of Charlton remains our first-choice. If Fenerbahce are offering just under £3million for Eliasson, it would be interesting to know how much less we could pay for first-choice Doughty.
Clubs being interested also takes away the ace of players being into the final year of their contracts. Having rivals for players means that the likes of Celtic can’t use the player’s contract to their advantage in any negotiations in fear of losing out to other clubs.
But Eliasson’s stats suggests that this perhaps wouldn’t be worth doing if it’s going to cost us a great deal. Last season, the winger only managed three goals and 13 assists in 40 appearances. Whilst that doesn’t sound overly poor, his total of 28 goal contributions in 95 appearances reads a bit more concerningly (Transfermarkt). They aren’t figures you want to splash out on.
Celtic’s urge for a left wing-back is urgent, especially with Greg Taylor having no competition for the position at the moment. But it’s not so urgent that we overspend on players who may not fit the bill.
If Fenerbahce have indeed sent an offer Bristol’s way, Celtic’s determination to get this one done is about to be tested.