Report: Manchester United want former Celtic defender; significant sell-on fee potential

By John McGinley

October 21, 2022

Former Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong has been linked with a big move to Manchester United in the January transfer window.

Sky Sports Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg believes that the Old Trafford side want a high-quality right-back in the new year and that Frimpong’s one of the players they’re looking at.

The 21-year-old exited Celtic to join Bayer Leverkusen in January 2021 where has emerged as a key performer, winning plaudits from supporters and pundits.

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He’s scored four goals in ten Bundesliga matches so far this season, also providing two assists in the UEFA Champions League group stage against Atletico Madrid.

The Daily Record has previously reported that Celtic have a ‘cast iron’ sell-on agreement on any profit Leverkusen make from a big money deal.

Given the German side only paid £11.5m for him [Scottish Sun] and that Manchester United have serious cash to burn, it means the Bhoys could be in line for a healthy seven-figure fee if a move is made. Leverkusen also hold a contract until 2025, meaning they hold plenty of bargaining power.

Regardless, it’s brilliant to see Frimpong playing so well in a top European league and attracting so much attention. He played so entertainingly at Celtic Park, and it was a real shame we couldn’t get to enjoy him for a bit longer.

However, the deal was a good move for all parties at the time and will look even better if we manage to bag another windfall from his sale over the next 12 months.

I’m sure many Celtic fans would be fascinated to see how he’d get on in the English Premier League playing under Erik Ten Hag.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou dismisses Steve Hitchen and director of football rumours after Celtic Park visit.