Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham could now be on his way to AEK Athens after all.
The Lowdown: A strange few months for Ntcham
It’s been a busy time regarding Ntcham’s future after Marseille decided against making his loan move a permanent deal.
Reports in May from a Celtic source suggested that the Hoops found a loophole in the Frenchman’s deal and would terminate his contract with 12 months to go.
Ntcham remains a Celtic player at this moment in time, despite interest from AEK Athens.
The Greek side agreed personal terms with Ntcham and were hoping to secure a free transfer, however, reports earlier this week claimed they pulled out of the race for the central midfielder.
It seems as if a move to Greece could now be back on, though, going off the latest rumours.
The Latest: Ntcham update
A report from Greek outlet Sporttime.gr, cited by Glasgow Live, claim that AEK are now ‘checking’ on whether they can afford to buy Ntcham and will make a bid to sign him.
The Hoops want money for the 25-year-old, who Neil Lennon described as ‘fantastic’, with his Transfermarkt valuation currently standing at £2.7m.
The Verdict: McKay could be about to play a blinder
Should Celtic receive a fee close to his £2.7m valuation, new Hoops CEO Dominic McKay would’ve played a blinder.
It was just weeks ago that Celtic seemed ready to cut ties with Ntcham and terminate his deal, but they could now end up bringing in money for his services, while also getting his £14,000-a-week wage off the Parkhead books.
By doing just that, Celtic could then put that money towards a deal for Hadjuk Split defender Mario Vuskovic, who has been linked with a £5m Celtic Park move and £12,000-a-week wage recently.
Make no mistake about it, if McKay can secure a fee for a player who seemingly no one wants and reinvest that money back into the squad, it will be a huge success.
In other news: Ange Postecoglou now wants Celtic to halt advanced talks with ‘class’ ace, find out more here.
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