Report: Omar Colley has a £10.8m release clause but Celtic haven't made formal offer

By John McGinley

September 7, 2020

Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph has reported on Monday that Celtic transfer target Omar Colley has a £10.8m release clause in his Sampdoria contract.

However, despite initial contact from Celtic about the defender, the Bhoys haven’t yet followed up their interest with a formal offer.

Clearly that figure, even though it’s at the low end of eight figures, seems beyond the spending capabilities of Celtic this summer unless there are departures.

The Scottish champions have already brought in David Turnbull, Albian Ajeti and Vasilis Barkas on permanent deals.

With Shane Duffy arriving on loan too, the need for a £10m+ defender isn’t immediately apparent.

However, that is simply a release clause and perhaps not his full market value, so there could be a chance of the Bhoys negotiating that fee down into something more viable.

Reported Celtic target Omar Colley / (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images)

Colley, who has won 12 international caps with Gambia, does fit the profile of a player we should be interested in, being a powerful, physical central defender who has experience at the elite level.

Stat tracking website WhoScored shows he’s dominant aerially and is a no-nonsense defender who likes to clear his lines.

He’s made 52 Serie A appearances in two seasons at Sampdoria, 30 of which came last term (Transfermarkt). The 27-year-old has also spent time in the Belgian and Swedish top-flights.

Could we be scouting for a defender in the event that Kristoffer Ajer leaves?

It’s been reported recently his agent has asked for his exit valuation and it would be prudent of the club to have an alternative lined up should the Norwegian international try to push through a transfer.

In other news, Mohamed Elyounoussi has delighted fans with his Norway performance tonight.