Italian media links Celtic to Serie A regular Omar Colley but the price seems steep

By John McGinley

August 16, 2020

Celtic are one of the teams interested in signing Sampdoria defender Omar Colley this summer, Italian outlet Calciomercato has reported this weekend.

The website states that the Bhoys are keen on the 12-cap Gambia international, alongside English Premier League sides Burnley and Newcastle United.

However, the reported asking price of £13.6m is steep by Celtic standards.

That would absolutely smash the record transfer fee we paid for Odsonne Edouard.

It seems incredibly unlikely that Chief Executive Peter Lawwell would sanction that kind of spending on a single player, especially in the middle of such a tumultuous year.

Reported Celtic target Omar Colley / (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images)

Colley does fit the profile of a player we should be interested in otherwise, being a powerful, physical central defender who has experience at the elite level.

Stat tracking website WhoScored shows he’s dominant aerially and is a no-nonsense defender who likes to clear his lines.

He’s made 52 Serie A appearances in two seasons at Sampdoria, 30 of which came last term (Transfermarkt). The 27-year-old has also spent time in the Belgian and Swedish top-flights.

Neil Lennon currently has Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien available in the position.

However, there’s a lack of natural depth beyond those two and with a possible return to a three-man defensive line, we really do need a recruit or two in that area.

Reported Celtic target Omar Colley / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Unless there is some miscommunication here in terms of an expected fee, or Celtic are pursuing a loan, this doesn’t appear to be a transfer link very likely to firm up into sustained interest.

Hopefully though, with European qualifiers this month, a central defender is not too far away from arriving in Glasgow.

In other news, we asked Celtic legend Jackie McNamara to pick his ultimate Hoops five-a-side team.