Celtic broke their record for highest fee received for the second successive summer in August when Kieran Tierney moved to Arsenal for a reported £25million. While many in the Celtic support were sad to see the homegrown player depart, they couldn’t deny that it was a good financial deal for the club.
It was certainly a more worthwhile sale than Moussa Dembele – who left for a cheap looking £19.7million in 2018. Football inflation, and Celtic’s growing reputation as a reliable selling club, mean that the next top star to leave the club could well go for even more than Tierney.
Let’s take a look at three prime contenders who could break the transfer record once again.
The 26-year-old, who has arguably been our most important player over the past couple of years, could be one of the next to move. McGregor was subject of late interest from Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City during the summer with Neil Lennon confirming their approach.
“It’s well documented that there was interest in Callum. It was just an approach, no bid.
“That’s over now and we will settle him down.” (Scottish Sun)
The midfielder isn’t expected to see out his current contract which lasts until 2023. If he was to move next summer then the fee would be likely to be around the same £25million mark as Tierney. Although it would depend just how much his suitors wanted him.
The Norwegian, who is still remarkably only 21, is also likely to move for big money one day. His recent performances may not have been his best but there’s no denying that Ajer is going right to the top of the game. He’s already a regular for Norway and is only likely to improve in the coming years.
Like McGregor, there were rumours during the summer although no concrete bid was ever made. There are still question marks over whether Ajer can be consistent enough to generate a fee greater than £25million but his eventual transfer from Celtic won’t be too far away from that amount. He’s one to watch.
The obvious, and perhaps even certain, candidate to take Tierney’s record is Odsonne Edouard. The Frenchman is by far our most valuable player at present. He’s performed domestically, in Europe and for his country’s under-21 side – much like Dembele did while at Celtic.
If Edouard continues his rise and Celtic sell him at the right time, unlike Dembele, he will almost certainly move for more than £25million. He’s contracted until the middle of 2022 so, unfortunately, next summer may be the right time to sell.
The majority of the Hoops support have already conceded that it’s a matter of time before Edouard leaves. We can only hope he goes in better circumstances than Dembele.