Italian media believe Celtic-linked Aaron Boupendza subject of £6.9m bid

By David Walton

May 25, 2021

Reported Celtic target Aaron Boupendza is the subject of a £6.9million bid, according to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb.

The source claims that Serie A side Atalanta have submitted the €8m bid for the Hatayspor striker. However, they also state that the Turkish club are looking for as much as €12m [£10.3m] for their prized asset.

Tuttomercatoweb believe that both parties are confident that an agreement can be reached in the coming weeks. This comes after Turkish media outlet Milliyet claimed that Celtic had submitted an offer of £5.4m last week.

Celtic were first linked with the player back in March along with a host of Premier League clubs [90Min]. Since then, Boupendza has finished the season as Turkey’s top scorer with 22 goals.

The Hoops will have to splash out in a replacement for the almost certainly departing Odsonne Edouard. With £9m spent on Eddy back in the summer of 2018 [Sky Sports], Celtic have proven they aren’t alien to stumping up heavy cash when required.

Celtic move for Aaron Boupendza would be intriguing, but nothing to suggest we’ve tabled anything

Signing up Boupendza would certainly be an interesting move. The element of intrigue that would surround Turkish football’s top scorer would certainly raise excitement levels ahead of the new season.

It’s not to say that Celtic aren’t interested of course. Transfer work will undoubtedly be going on behind the scenes, and you would like to think Eddie Howe has been working on his main targets in the background. If he hasn’t, it’s going to be a long summer.

Boupendza could very well be on his list. However, there’s nothing to suggest Celtic are making moves to get this deal done quick. Considering one of Italy’s most popular news outlets believes that Atalanta are close to reaching an agreement, that makes our chances even bleaker.

Hantayspor striker Aaron Boupendza celebrates vs Besiktas (Photo by Burak Milli/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Celtic, of course, won’t be put off by the fee. We’ve already shown our willingness to go out and spend heavy on a player if need be. In fact, regardless of who replaces Edouard, you have to imagine the Hoops will part company with a sizable sum. They’ll want to show intent when replacing the Frenchman.

Boupendza fits the bill. He’s powerful, has a turn of pace, is technically efficient, has good positional awareness, and an absolute wand of a left foot. You wouldn’t consider him a poor signing if we managed to wrap this one up.

But unfortunately, it looks as though the bidding has been raised further. If Celtic want to get this one done, we may need to move quickly. There’s no sign of that happening.

In other news, a potential incoming Celtic backroom member has been bigged up by Harry Redknapp.