The Jordan Larsson valuation that makes any near-future Celtic move seem impossible

By David Walton

April 15, 2021

When it comes to Jordan Larsson, the sentimentality behind a future Celtic move can’t be ignored.

Son of the legendary Henrik, it’s as if playing for Celtic is in his blood. As if it’s his destiny. It feels as though it would be a crime not to see him pull on the green-and-white Hoops just like his old man.

Some Celtic supporters have been looking at the prospect of bringing Larsson in this summer. With Celtic likely losing Odsonne Edouard, a top-class replacement will need to be found. Therefore, given Larsson is making waves in Europe, he looks like the ideal replacement at the ideal time:

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But to think like that is to ignore the price tag that follows Larsson Jr these days. Spartak Moscow, his current club, have in the past stated that they want as much as €100m for his signature (£90.1m). Speaking in the past after his player was linked with Barcelona, Spartak president Leonid Fedun said, as quoted by the Sun:

“We know that Jordan Larsson is a big target for Barcelona, but he is also a very important player for us. Let Barcelona give us 100 million Euros to complete the transfer.”

Spartak Moscow clearly won’t be messing about; Jordan Larsson to Celtic won’t happen anytime soon

Tongue-in-cheek? Perhaps there’s an element of that, but what’s clear from these comments is that Larsson is in a certain valuation bracket that Celtic can’t reach. Even if he only cost around £15m-£20m, it would still be too great for our signing policy.

Top players from the Russian Premier League don’t tend to go cheaply either. In 2017, Zenit sold Hulk for over £50m. Leandro Paredes left for PSG in 2019 for £36m [Transfermarkt]. Big players in Russia have a history of going for over £20m at least. Given the market continues to inflate in England and around Europe on an annual basis, this will only grow.

It’s not as we can bag Larsson for £5m this summer. He has a contract in Russia that sees him tied to Spartak until 2023. He’s not going on the cheap anytime soon.

Jordan Larsson looks too dear for Celtic (Photo by Sergei SavostyanovTASS via Getty Images)

With recent speculation linking him with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and West Ham [Goal], he’s clearly out of our transfer budget this summer.

It could be the case we see Jordan at Parkhead at some stage in the future. Perhaps when he’s winding down his career and wants to tick the box of coming back. But outside of that, any idea of a move for him in the near-future is optimistic at the very best.

It’s a shame that he’s effectively passed us by, but he’s simply too dear.

In other news, Lewis Ferguson has addressed his upcoming clash with Celtic captain and future Aberdeen man Scott Brown.