On occasion, it is hard to tell rubbish speculation from genuine interest Celtic have in players, but we all know the parameters Celtic operate within and what will forever be out or reach and off-plan. Scott McTominay (26) falls into this category.
He earns in excels of £60k per week and would cost tens of millions to release from Manchester United. It is not that Celtic could not find budget for him and him alone, but just as we discussed about Kieran Tierney recently, why would the club tie-up a significant portion of their new spend on a player who would not appreciate in value?
If we bring in a player with an established reputation in England, it would need to be on soft terms, someone late in their career or perhaps with a character flaw that would make Joey Barton look saintly.
Suggestions we could spend £15m on a player that fits our model are closer to the mark. Odsonne Edouard joined on a permanent deal for €10m five years ago; £15m is where I expect Celtic to aim for now. Getting deals done this type of player will be more difficult than the easier business we have done in Japan, Korea, or Norway, but we are actively shopping in this space.
I like the clause Jota apparently has in his contract – if Celtic reject a bid of £25m, they have to increase his wages by £500k per year. A player who is worth rejecting that kind of offer is worth paying even more than his perceived value was a year ago.
Fortunately, the extra wages will not trouble Celtic, so they can hold firm on price.