A recent report has named the price that Celtic will need to pay if they want to sign Southampton loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi on a permanent basis.
The Independent claims that the Hoops could sign the player on a permanent deal in January, for a fee up to £10 million. The report also claims that the player’s wages are £70,000 a week.
If Celtic want to sign the player, then they will have to break their record transfer fee of £9 million, which they paid for Odsonne Edouard in 2018.
Wages could be stumbling block to any move
Elyounoussi’s wages could well be a stumbling to any move, though. It is highly unlikely that Celtic are currently paying the player the £70,000 he is reported to be on. Perhaps they have struck a deal with Southampton to pay some of his wages.
However, if it was up to the Celtic support, you would imagine that the vast majority of them would love to see the player join on a permanent basis.
That is because he has made such a huge impression in his short time at the club. He has scored seven goals and has six assists so far for the Hoops.
It would certainly be a lot of money for Celtic to spend on a player, never mind the wages. However, if there is any way that Celtic can get a deal for the player done then they should do so.
Signing would be statement of intent
It would be an enormous statement of intent if the Hoops were able to sign Elyounoussi on a permanent transfer. It would show that the Hoops mean business not only when it comes to defending the league title, but about making an impression in the Europa League too.
The fact that the report mentions a transfer in January could be a promising sign. Perhaps it indicates that the clubs have already been in discussions about Elyounoussi’s future.
By the standards of football transfers these days, £10 million for a player of Elyounoussi’s ability is a bargain. Celtic have shown in recent seasons that they aren’t afraid to spend big money when necessary. Elyounoussi fits the bill of the type of player that the Hoops should be signing.