Connor O’Neill of The Liverpool Echo has dropped a hint on how much it could cost Celtic to sign Everton right-back Jonjoe Kenny on a permanent deal in the summer, should they wish to do so.
This comes after the Liverpool-born Toffees academy product joined the Hoops on loan for the rest of the 2020/21 campaign on Monday.
Frimpong’s Celtic replacement
It seems as though Kenny could be viewed as a replacement for Jeremie Frimpong at Parkhead. The 20-year-old right-back was sold to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in January for £9.9m, per Transfermarkt.
How much could it cost Celtic to sign Kenny permanently?
According to O’Neill, Celtic could have to pay a similar price to replace Frimpong in the long-term, if they are lining up a permanent move for Kenny.
Speaking to GlasgowLive, the Liverpool Echo reporter indicated that he doesn’t think the 23-year-old’s long-term future lies at Goodison Park, with the journalist explaining that it seems like Everton want to move him on for good.
O’Neill went on to share that Everton had placed a £10m price tag on Kenny, which the Toffees’ Premier League rivals Burnley refused to meet, and on the topic of Celtic potentially making a move to bring the right-back to Parkhead permanent, the reporter went on to state that he feels the Merseyside club would likely be hoping to sell Kenny for ‘a similar price’ to that in the summer.
Should Celtic sign Kenny permanently?
Transfer Tavern take
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has declared that Kenny is someone he has “liked for a while,” indicating that he has been a long-time target of the Hoops boss, so if the opportunity to snap him up in the summer does present itself, perhaps this is a deal that the Glasgow club will look to get done.
If the Englishman manages to perform at a similar level or even better than Frimpong performed for the Hoops, then the deal could certainly be one to consider. That said, anything around £10m is a huge outlay for a regime which is expected to undergo mass changes this summer.
So, it will be interesting to see how Kenny fares at Parkhead, with the Glasgow club in the midst of a poor season, and whether or not Celtic do pursue his signature permanently.
In other news, Lennon has been left shocked by Liverpool’s last-gasp move.
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