Reported 2020 Celtic target Omar Colley now said to be worth £12.9m

By David Walton

May 24, 2021

Remember when Celtic were being linked with Sampdoria centre-back Omar Colley?

If not, it was only last summer when Sky Sports reported that the Hoops had enquired about the Gambian centre-back. It had been said that Celtic hadn’t made an offer for the player’s services, but that we were bolstering our defence after securing Shane Duffy on loan from Brighton.

In the end we didn’t make a move for him. In fact, we didn’t bother bringing another centre-back to the club after Duffy. Instead, we settled with what we had and would be made to pay for it.

Fast forward a year, however, and Colley has turned his Sampdoria career around. After an initial tough first month of the campaign, Claudio Ranieri gave the towering defender a reprieve. He would go on to make 30 appearances for the season and secure a ninth-placed finish. This was a massive improvement on last year’s 15th-placed finish.

Colley would be rewarded with a new contract by Ranieri, with whom he now appears to have a strong relationship with.

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Despite his form and new loving relationship with Ranieri, there are still reports that Sampdoria could be tempted to sell. Italian outlet Club Doria 46, however, believes they could want as much as €15million [£12.9m] for his services this summer.

The report claims that Sampdoria could make some sales to bring in some cash to help balance the books. However, when it comes to Colley it would appear to be that big money is wanted for him. At least from the perspective of a club operating in the Scottish Premiership.

Fulham, Newcastle, and West Ham United have all been linked with a move for him too [Club Doria 46]. Even if there was a sniff of a bargain to be done here, there would appear to be plenty of EPL clubs ready to circle.

Omar Colley (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

But Celtic need to invest in the centre-back area regardless. It’s a position we really can’t afford to mess about with after what happened last year. We’ll be expected to produce sizable bids for some experienced players. However, the prospect of splashing over £12m on one looks a touch optimistic.

Colley has improved considerably this season and is in a stronger position. That will lead to greater interest this summer, which will then give Sampdoria leeway to drum up the price for the Gambian international.

This looks like one we should’ve nabbed last summer. Our failure to do so was hardly surprising, but it looks like one we can now forget revisiting.

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