Report: Southampton likely to sell Celtic loan player Mohamed Elyounoussi this summer

By John McGinley

February 10, 2020

Southampton are likely to sell Celtic loan star Mohamed Elyounoussi this summer, according to The Telegraph.

The paper report that Elyounoussi is part of a clutch of four loan players on their way out of St Mary’s at the end of the season, with the Premier League club determined to shake up their squad significantly.

The Telegraph say though that a decision has yet to be reached on the future of red hot goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who has also been a stand-out at Celtic this season.

It had been reported by The Independent in November that Celtic could make the player’s loan move permanent for a fee of around £10m as Saints look to shed his £70,000-a-week wage off their books.

In years gone by that could have been a fee that put off the Scottish champions but the club are operating at a level above now, securing big-money moves for Christopher Jullien and Odsonne Edouard in recent summers.

A perfect fit for Celtic

Elyounoussi has struggled with injuries of late, which may be why his loan move was not made permanent in January.

Perhaps Lennon and the club are looking at how he performs in the second half of the season before making a move.

However, his return to the first-team yesterday showed just what kind of class he brings to the left-wing area. Although playing against lower-league opposition he grafted all day and demonstrated his classy on-the-ball abilities.

He’s a player we’ve been missing, especially in a 4-2-3-1 formation, and keeping him fit is crucial.

Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrates scoring for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Norwegian international fits into Celtic’s possession-heavy system perfectly and has a clinical eye for goals and assists. He’s already scored seven and set up six this season, in 14 appearances (Transfermarkt).

With extensive European experience and title-winning credentials from his Basel days, he ticks all the boxes we’re looking for from a winger this summer.

Hopefully, the decision-makers at Celtic Park move to get a deal done before long.