Football Insider pundit Danny Mills believes that Aston Villa will want to sign Celtic midfielder David Turnbull before the European Championships begin on June 11.
The Lowdown: Villa plotting £7m bid
Turnbull, who Neil Lennon described as ‘brilliant’ last summer, was one of a few shining lights in a disappointing season for the Hoops. The attacking midfielder netted nine goals and registered eight assists in green and white, picking up the Scotland PFA Young Player of the Year award for his displays.
He was also named in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the European Championship, and Mills believes that Dean Smith’s side could look to wrap up a deal over the next three weeks.
Should Celtic build their side around Turnbull?
Yes, he's quality!
No, easily replaced!
The Latest: Mills makes Turnbull claim
Asked by Football Insider if Villa will look to complete a deal for Turnbull before June 11, Mills said:
“Good managers won’t buy players off the back of a good European Championships, or they shouldn’t do.”
The 44-year-old former Leeds defender added:
“Your targets should be identified by February because you’ve had six months to look at your players, you know what those players are like, you know what your weaknesses are and you know where to improve.
“Your scouts and scouting network should be doing that work all the way through that time. You should have an A, B and C target. Who they are and for what position.
“The best way is to just get it done. If you have to pay a little bit over the odds, just get it done.
“You don’t want to come back late to pre-season because of the Euros thinking ‘We haven’t signed a player. The player’s going to miss parts of pre-season, he’s not integrated.’
“Just go out and do it, that’s what Villa should be doing.”
The Verdict: Celtic under no pressure to sell
In our opinion, should Villa come in with a reported £7m bid before Euro 2020, Celtic should make their feelings clear that he is not for sale.
Yes, he is only valued at £1.62m, so the Hoops would be receiving a fee over four times that figure, but the club should be thinking of the bigger picture.
The 21-year-old on just £7,500 per week at Parkhead and has a deal which runs to 2024, so the Hoops may have to think of rewarding Turnbull for his recent performances in order to keep him happy in Glasgow.
In other news: Celtic have the chance to sign ‘creative’ £20k-p/w January target for free as news is confirmed, find out more here.
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