The Celtic fans in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted by Dedryck Boyata’s performances at the World Cup so far this summer, but they are concerned that his progress could attract interest from outside the club.
Belgium face Brazil this evening for a place in the World Cup semi-final – a game which promises to be a tantalising fixture for neutral supporters. After playing every minute of the group stages, Boyata was dropped to the bench for Belgium’s last-sixteen fixtures against Japan, so it will be interesting to see if he is restored to the starting eleven against the tournament favourites.
Following a handful of impressive performances in Russia, both Lazio and Fulham are now interested in signing one of Celtic’s most important players this summer according to The Sun.
Although Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to fend off interest from outside the club and keep Boyata at the heart of his defence next season, he may be forced to adopt a pragmatic approach and sell him whilst his stock is sky-high.
The World Cup is a notorious breeding ground for inflated transfer fees and short-sighted decision making and Celtic must use this to their advantage this summer.
Players who have previously gone under the radar are often made to look far better than they truly are on the international stage and, in turn, their respective club’s can justifiably demand huge fees for their services.
And that’s exactly what Celtic must do this summer whilst Boyata’s reputation is soaring.
With just one year remaining on his current deal there’s no guarantee that Celtic will be able to keep the 27-year-old at the club beyond the summer of 2019, especially if clubs from Serie A and the Premier League continue to express an interest.
With that in mind, Celtic would be foolish not to sell him for an inflated price this summer rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season.
Naturally, losing Boyata would be a blow for the Hoops in their bid to cement their domination in Scottish football, but it would be an exaggeration to describe him as irreplaceable so Rodgers must entertain offers for him unless he is willing to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Celtic fans – thoughts? Let us know below!