Dedryck Boyata has been a key player for Celtic in recent seasons at the heart of defence, however, recent reports in the mainstream media suggest that Brendan Rodgers and the club’s hierarchy have a big decision to make regarding his future in the coming days.
Despite completing plenty of signings already this summer, Fulham are not finished yet in their bid to strengthen their squad according to The Daily Record.
The report claims that Fulham are prepared to pay £9 million to secure the services of Dedryck Boyata before the deadline passes on Thursday evening – a figure which has stimulated plenty of debate regarding Celtic’s approach to the situation.
However, Brendan Rodgers confirmed that Fulham’s offer has been rejected on Tuesday afternoon, as per Sky Sports.
At this stage there’s plenty for Celtic to consider as the Belgium international’s performances in Russia suggest that the £9 million fee being reported is well short of his true value, although they are in a difficult situation with just 1-year remaining on his current contract.
In an ideal world Boyata would sign a new deal with the club and give them bargaining power in the transfer market, potentially boosting their asking price to a figure closer to the £20 million mark, but if he refuses to put pen to paper on a new deal they run the risk of losing him for nothing at the end of the season.
The Bhoys are already short of options in central defence so it’s certainly not an ideal time to sell a defender of genuine quality, but with more than three weeks remaining until the window slams shut they have plenty of time to sign a quality replacement with £9 million.
It’s difficult to assess which decision would have been in Celtic’s best interests but, with Premier League clubs beginning to show an interest in Boyata, there’s no doubt that his head could be turned throughout the course of the season, so cashing in on him now and taking a respectable £7.2 million profit on the £1.8 million they paid to sign him in 2015 would have represented a fine piece of business.
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