Patryk Klimala fee raises expectation of sizeable Celtic transfer budget this summer

By John McGinley

April 24, 2021

The potential Celtic transfer budget for this summer is already growing at a fair clip before we even consider the sale of key players such as Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer.

As reported by Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph late on Thursday Celtic raked in a healthy £3.5m for Polish striker Patryk Klimala earlier this week when he completed his move to MLS side New York Red Bulls.

It may only make back the money that was paid for the young striker in January 2020, but it’s still a few million more than fans might’ve expected we’d get for the player.

We’ve become accustomed to failed Celtic signings leaving on fairly drab loans that never seem to represent a great deal for the club.

Added to the reported £11.5m fee received for Jeremie Frimpong [Scottish Sun], suddenly there’s a realistic £15m figure available to any new manager and recruitment team ahead of the summer transfer window.

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It’s not as simple as that of course. Celtic rarely spend as much as they receive in the transfer market, especially when there’s been a failure to qualify for the Champions League group stage.

However, in a summer of great transition, you’d expect the club to make a significant amount available and these two sales could help greatly to kick things off in relative comfort.

Despite the pandemic financial problems, Celtic were backed heavily by supporters with season tickets last year. If they announce the right management team, that’ll happen again.

There’s no reason to be fearful that Celtic won’t have funds available ahead of the new season.

To me, it feels like the club are clearing the decks ahead of what’s about to happen.

Fans are similarly buoyant after hearing the Klimala fee confirmation from Joseph, taking to social media over the last 48 hours to share their thoughts…

In other news, John Collins has been raving about Celtic target Josh Doig on BBC Sportsound.