Report: Celtic target George Baldock not looking to leave Sheffield United
Reported Celtic target George Baldock isn’t looking to leave Sheffield United despite recent speculation, the Star reports.
The report claims that Baldock, who signed a new contract in December, is happy with the recently relegated Championship club. But Celtic are said to believe that they can win him over with the prospect of European football and medals should they make an offer.
The Star says that Celtic haven’t made an approach as of yet as they’re unlikely to pay over £8m. Instead, the report states the Hoops have warned United that they’ll keep an eye on any developments that may allow them to renegotiate a fee.
It’s also stated in the report that Ange Postecoglou put Baldock onto a list of potential signing candidates earlier this month. This was after being presented by a dossier of players that had previously been tracked.
Baldock is currently back in pre-season with the Blades and is preparing for life in England’s second-tier once again.
Celtic pursuit of George Baldock doesn’t look like it’s getting any easier
It’s difficult to pinpoint what Celtic are hoping will change here. That they’re now said to be planning on keeping an eye on developments is interesting. But it’s difficult to know how the circumstances involved here will change.
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With Baldock tied down to the Bramall Lane club, there isn’t much we can do. If the player doesn’t want to leave and his club aren’t interested in selling, at what points do things change?
It’s not as if Baldock won’t be a key player next season either. He’s made 139 appearances for the club over the last four years [Transfermarkt].
There’s no denying Celtic need to invest in the right-back position. It’s an area where we don’t have one viable top-quality choice. If Celtic vs Midtjylland was tomorrow, Anthony Ralston would likely get the nod.
However, Baldock clearly isn’t going to be attainable so long as he and Sheffield United both hold their current stance. Going anywhere close to £8m for a start would be a big red flag given the other areas needed to strengthen.
The more this particular saga runs on, the less likely it looks.
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