Celtic have been told they will need to pay at least £10m if they are to secure the permanent signing of Mohamed Elyounoussi.
Football Insider reported that the on-loan Norwegian winger has had an eight-figure valuation placed on him by his parent club Southampton.
According to Football Insider, the Hoops are keen to turn the 25-year-old’s loan deal into a permanent one, although budgetary constraints could pose a challenge in getting such a deal across the line, while the Saints’ willingness to sell could change if current manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is sacked.
Elyounoussi has hit the ground running at Celtic since joining on loan at the end of August, with seven goals in 12 games for the Hoops so far, prompting fans to call him ‘different gravy‘ and ‘unreal‘.
That goal return has come as a pleasant surprise from a player who failed to find the net in 19 games for Southampton last season.
It isn’t just in terms of scoring that the Norway international has impressed, either – he has set up six goals for team-mates to put himself fourth on the list of Celtic’s top assists providers as well as top scorers.
Can Celtic sign Mohamed Elyounoussi permanently?
While Elyounoussi, who plays mainly on the left wing, has enjoyed a fantastic start to life in Glasgow, his form has made things more difficult for some of his team-mates.
Mikey Johnston had started the season well on the left flank, with three goals and four assists in 10 games before picking up an injury after the win at Rangers at the start of September which has kept him sidelined ever since.
Scott Sinclair, who scored 17 goals last season and 60 in his first three years at Celtic, hasn’t started a single game for the club this term and last featured for the first team nearly two months ago, with Football Insider claiming that he has his sights set on a return to England in January.
Based on the form he has shown for Celtic so far, it’s not difficult to see why the Hoops would want to sign Elyounoussi permanently.
Although the club are set to bank several million pounds from their Europa League campaign, which has seen them ensure their place in the knockout rounds, they would need to break their transfer record to sign the Norwegian, with Odsonne Edouard currently their most expensive player at £9m (as per Sky Sports).
If Elyounoussi can maintain his recent form throughout the season, though, it’s an investment that should be worth making, which could relegate Johnston to the role of backup player and push Sinclair further towards the exit door.
Celtic fans, can you see the club spending £10m or more to sign Elyounoussi permanently or will that fee be too much for them? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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