Siriki Dembele would be an ‘unbelievable’ addition to Celtic but the move will come down how much the Hoops have to spend this summer.
That’s according to former Tottenham and Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton, who was speaking to Football Insider.
Celtic are said to be among the clubs chasing the Peterborough attacker in this summer’s window – his younger brother Karamoko is already on the club’s books. The Hoops face competition from Rangers as well as London duo Crystal Palace and relegated Fulham.
Dembele scored 11 goals and provided 12 assists for the Posh in 42 League One appearances this season (via Transfermarkt), proving instrumental in their promotion to the Championship.
However, the 24-year-old is about to enter the final year of his contract and the club’s Director of Football Barry Fry has admitted that the forward is unlikely to agree a new deal at London Road (via This is Futbol).
Although Dembele’s contract situation means that Peterborough aren’t in a particularly strong position, Hutton believes they will still demand ‘decent money’ for him. Without a manager installed, the former Scotland defender wonders if Celtic’s hands will be tied, telling Football Insider:
“It would be a good addition. You just wonder about the fee. I understand he’s in the last 12 months of his contract.
“But if Peterborough are going to cash in, they will want decent money. It’s going to come down to how much they will have to spend.
“Again, Celtic don’t have a manager. Who’s making the decisions about the budget? It’s such a difficult situation.
“He would be an unbelievable signing. He’s scored goals at a high level so he could come up and do it in the Premiership.”
According to the Daily Record, Eddie Howe is set to be announced as Celtic’s new manager this week. If the Hoops had any transfers on hold, they could be given the green light to go through with them once the 43-year-old is in place at Parkhead.
You would think that the opportunity to link up with his brother will be a key draw for Dembele, who would indeed seem an exciting acquisition for what should be a relatively low fee, considering the market values of Peterborough’s current squad.
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