Celtic ‘will continue to keep tabs’ on Bristol City’s Antoine Semenyo, but he could prove to be too expensive for the Hoops.
That’s according to freelance sports journalist Pete O’Rourke, who was speaking to GiveMeSport.
Celtic sent senior scout Craig Strachan to watch Semenyo in action against Reading last month (via Bristol World). The 22-year-old is capable of operating anywhere across the frontline and has less than 18 months remaining on his contract at Ashton Gate (via Transfermarkt).
However, Bristol Live‘s James Piercy has claimed that the Robins have slapped a £20m price tag on the forward. For context, Celtic’s record signing up to this point is Odsonne Edouard, who only cost them £9m.
Nontheless, O’Rourke believes that Celtic have yet to give up hope of signing Semenyo despite the warning over his price tag.
The journalist told GiveMeSport: “I’m sure Celtic will continue to keep tabs on him. But if it comes down to pricing, I think Celtic will be priced out of it.”
It’s no surprise that Celtic are interested in Semenyo. He’s impressively racked up 14 direct goal contributions in the Championship this season, with six goals and eight assists to his name.
Only six players in the entire division have set up more goals (John Swift, Harry Wilson, Chris Willock, Sorba Thomas, Jed Wallace and Ryan Giles), and they have all played at least four more games than Semenyo (via BBC Sport).
Furthermore, Robins manager Nigel Pearson has said that the 22-year-old’s ‘power and pace’ make him a ‘nightmare to play against’.
Celtic perhaps shouldn’t give up hope just yet because Semenyo’s contract situation puts Bristol City in a difficult position. As it stands, they know that he could walk away for free in just over a year’s time, so they could be willing to compromise on his transfer fee as a result.
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