Report: Celtic want around £16m for Kristoffer Ajer amid Newcastle link

By David Walton

May 26, 2021

Celtic want around £16million for Norwegian centre-back Kristoffer Ajer this summer, according to the Daily Record.

The newspaper claims that Newcastle United are looking to snap up the defender for £8m. This comes after manager Steve Bruce has sent scouts up to watch Ajer several times this season.

But the report states Celtic are said to want around double that. That’s despite Ajer heading into the final year of his contract this summer.

It remains to be seen if Newcastle would even entertain a bid anywhere near that. The Daily Mail reported over the weekend that the Toon had £12million to spend this summer. It could be the case then that they’re potentially priced out of a move for him.

Ajer is said to be considering his next move. However, the Record believes that he hasn’t ruled out staying at Parkhead. Granted, any extended stay looks highly unlikely.

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Kristoffer Ajer to Newcastle won’t be done at a snip

If Ajer goes to Newcastle, the Magpies better not think it’ll be for a bargain price. Yes, we’ll have to lower our transfer valuation of the star given his contract situation. However, that doesn’t mean we need to undervalue him.

Newcastle will know Celtic’s situation of course. They’ll know that we’re trying to undergo a heavy rebuild this summer. That we need as much money as we can get our hands on in order to give the new manager the backing he needs to turn this club around.

But that’s all the more reason not to undersell talents such as Ajer. We need to be selling them for as high a figure as possible. That’s why anything in the seven-figure region for big Kris shouldn’t be entertained whatsoever.

Ajer looks set to leave / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As for him potentially staying at Celtic, it probably isn’t the best move for anyone. Ajer is ready to make that step up to one of Europe’s top five leagues. Meanwhile, Celtic could do with the cash given the level of work we need to do on the team.

If Newcastle can’t afford him, then somebody else will. There’s no desperation to sell him on to the Premier League club when there will likely be several suitors taking a look at him.

He may be into the final year of his deal, but we still have the final say regardless.

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