Report: Bayer Leverkusen admire Kris Ajer's leadership; ready to offer Celtic £10m
Bayer Leverkusen are ready to offer Celtic as much as £10million to sign Kristoffer Ajer this summer, according to the Scottish Sun.
The Norwegian centre-back has claimed in recent days that he believes he’ll be leaving Parkhead this summer [Sky Sports]. This came after reports in recent weeks that Newcastle were closing in on an £8m deal for him [Daily Record].
But it appears that a move to Germany could be on the agenda for Ajer instead. The Sun believes that Leverkusen want to sign Ajer and are willing to go higher than Newcastle’s said offer in order to get him.
It’s stated in the report that Bayer are big fans of the leadership qualities that Ajer has managed to show in Glasgow. It’s claimed that they’ve been scouting the towering centre-back for months.
Norwich City and Newcastle are also mentioned as potential suitors too.
Bayer Leverkusen would be a fine step up for Celtic star
When players leave Celtic, they have to be truly certain in their own minds that they’re leaving to better themselves. That they’re going to a stable club that will give them a platform to push onto greater things in the long-term.
This is what makes Bayer Leverkusen an incredibly attractive proposition. For a start, they’re one of the top teams in the Bundesliga ad will be expected to fight for Champions League qualification every year. They’ve already qualified for the Europa League next season after their sixth-placed finish this term.
In addition to that, they have plenty of examples of players who have developed before going on to bigger and better things. Champions League winner Kai Havertz was a star for them before his big move to Chelsea. Julian Brandt another who moved on to Borussia Dortmund. The platform is there for Ajer.
This would be a much more stable environment for him to be competing in as opposed to say a Newcastle United. A Newcastle United whose manager is under constant pressure under a regime their fans deem toxic. There are better options out there for the Norwegian, and Bayer are one of them.
Leverkusen and Celtic have already struck a deal this season when Jeremie Frimpong moved to Germany. Celtic reportedly raked in as much as £11.5m to get that one over the line.
An agreement has yet to be reached with the German giants for Ajer. But if the interest is genuine, this looks like it could be a possible avenue that would suit all parties.