Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer is being targeted by Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen, according to The Scottish Sun.
The Lowdown: Ajer was a rare ray of positivity for Celtic in 2020/21
In spite of a bleak 2020/21 season for the Hoops overall, Ajer excelled at the heart of their defence. Over the campaign, the Norwegian made 42 appearances for the Celts and recorded six goal contributions, with two goals and four assists [Transfermarkt].
Within that time period, he also helped the Glaswegian outfit to record 21 clean sheets [Transfermarkt]. However, things have taken a turn for the worse with regards to his Celtic future.
In a revealing recent interview, the Norway international stated: “Now we have come to the point that I will leave, and I really expect the club to keep its word” [Glasgow Live].
Now set to entice a bidding war for his services, the man once labelled as ‘dominant’ by his former boss Brendan Rodgers [Daily Record] will more than likely move on to pastures new.
The Latest: Bayer Leverkusen willing to pay £10m
Of course, this isn’t the first dealing the Celts have had with the Bundesliga outfit in recent times, as they received around £11.5m for right-back Jeremie Frimpong back in January [One Football].
Ajer only has 12 months left on his Parkhead deal, so the Hoops will likely cash in this summer to avoid losing him for free in 2022 [Celtic FC].
Set to do battle with Norwich and Newcastle for his services, Die Werkself are said to be admirers of his leadership qualities, whilst viewing him as someone who could develop significantly in the future [The Scottish Sun].
The Verdict: Celtic should drive a bidding war
Celtic should attempt to drive a bidding war for the 23-year-old defender. As they are almost certain to lose his endeavours after five years, the Hoops should be looking for an eight-figure sum at a minimum.
For Bayer Leverkusen, they would be getting a monumentally talented young stopper. Making 3.4 clearances per game on average, Ajer has repeatedly stamped his authority on the Premiership [WhoScored].
While Celtic look set to lose a key player, they should at least command a sizeable fee so that they can then recruit an adequate centre-back replacement.
In other news, Celtic have agreed a fee to sell this player.
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