Report: Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer passes medical ahead of £13.5m move

By Euan Davidson

July 20, 2021

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer has passed a medical with Brentford, ahead of a £13.5m move, according to Sky Sports.

Sky Sports report that a move is close, with Brentford close to agreeing terms with the Norway international.

Ajer, signed by Celtic from IK Start in 2016, has won 8 trophies with the Bhoys, while making 176 appearances [Transfermarkt]. A key part of Celtic’s Quadruple Treble efforts, it was Ajer whose penalty sealed the Scottish Cup in December 2020.

Unfortunately, for Hoops supporters, it seems Ajer is ironing out the final parts of a lucrative move to the Premier League. Interestingly, should the deal go through, the club will have pillaged both Celtic and tonight’s opponents, FC Midtjylland.

The Danish side’s midfield linchpin, Frank Onyeka, joined the Bees today on a five-year deal [Sky Sports].

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After Callum McGregor, Kristoffer Ajer was Celtic’s most-used player in 20-21. The Norwegian defender racked up 2,683 minutes for the Bhoys last season [WhoScored?].

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Despite an ever-revolving cast around him, Ajer had an impressive enough season. As well as Brentford, Bayer Leverkusen and Norwich City were interested in the centre-back.

Curiously, Big Kris has chosen a potential relegation battle with Brentford, provided a deal goes through. While Bundesliga football with an exciting boss like Gerardo Seoane could’ve held some appeal, it’s the newly-promoted Brentford who seem to be getting the move done.

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Having been linked with AC Milan in the past, this feels like a lateral move for Ajer. For sure, he’ll be paid more, and feature in a top league. However, he’ll be nowhere near European football, and will likely be involved in a relegation dog-fight.

You have to credit Brentford, though. A club aligned with FC Midtjylland [BBC], the Bees have a successful scouting network and recruitment policy. Perennial promotion battlers over the last while, they’ve finally reached the promised land of the Premier League.

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So, seemingly, has Kristoffer Ajer. The Norwegian international made his agenda clear, and surely few will begrudge him a chance to move on. Having been converted from a midfielder to a centre-back during his time at Celtic, it’s us who have unlocked his potential.

Frustratingly, it looks like it’ll be in the Premier League where he fulfils it. Just like Kieran Tierney, Virgil van Dijk, Victor Wanyama and others before him.

The timing isn’t ideal, but this move looks like it’s on the verge of happening.

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