Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham looks set to join AEK Athens after they ‘agreed personal terms’, as relayed by Greek football journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos on Twitter.
The Lowdown: Celtic face mini-exodus ahead of 2021/22
As Celtic get set to re-shape their squad heading into 2021/22, multiple senior exits are expected at Parkhead as they seek to reclaim the Premiership title from their Glasgow rivals at the first attempt.
Odsonne Edouard has been heavily linked away with moves to West Ham and Leicester [Football Insider], whilst Ryan Christie has also received interest from the Foxes alongside Nice and Monaco [The Scottish Sun].
However, another face could be the first casualty of Ange Postecoglou’s reign at Celtic following recent developments.
Should Celtic have sold Ntcham last summer?
The Latest: Ntcham has ‘agreed personal terms’ with AEK Athens
As claimed by Sportime.gr journalist Chorianopoulos on Twitter that Ntcham has settled on a move to Greece, he stated: “AEK Athens officials are optimistic that Olivier Ntcham will be a free agent from July 1. Greek club and French player have agreed personal terms”
Ntcham has been something of a forgotten man in recent times for Celtic, spending the second half of 2020/21 on loan at French club Marseille [Transfermarkt].
The Verdict: Right time for Ntcham and Celtic to part ways
Upon reflection, it is probably the right time for Celtic and the midfielder to part ways. An important player during his time at the club, Ntcham registered 37 goal contributions in 147 games during his time in Glasgow, with 24 goals and 13 assists [Transfermarkt].
Most memorably during his Parkhead stint, he scored a famous winner away to Lazio in the Europa League group stage in November 2019, with a deft chip in a 2-1 triumph for the Hoops which sent them to the knockout stages [Sky Sports].
Not being able to recoup a transfer fee for the 25-year-old will disappoint the Hoops hierarchy, but the chance to clear his £14,000-a-week wages [Salary Sport] from the books will free up funds to put towards a capable midfield replacement.
In other news, this pundit gives his verdict on the Hoops’ pursuit of a 31-goal striker.
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