Noel Whelan believes that Celtic would be getting a good deal if they can garner around £15 million for the sale of Kristoffer Ajer to Brentford [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: Incomings and outgoings expected at Celtic this summer
Fresh in the door at Parkhead, newly appointed Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou will be desperate to get his house in order ahead of a crucial upcoming season for his side.
Acquiring some high-profile talent will be essential for the Aussie to really kick this squad on and challenge Rangers, but moving top assets on to fund such transactions will also be a pressing priority for the 55-year-old.
Should Celtic sell Kristoffer Ajer to Brentford?
The Latest: Whelan ecstatic as Celtic encounter potential Ajer windfall
One player who looks set to move on is 23-year-old Ajer, who was reported to be ‘close’ to a £13.5 million move to Brentford last week.
Likely to include add-ons within the agreement, pundit Whelan was ecstatic in his evaluation of recent developments surrounding the burley Norwegian in an interview with Football Insider, stating:
“I mean, wow, if they can get close to £15million for him, that will go a long way. That kind of money could be used to bring in a couple of top signings and Celtic desperately need new faces.
“I don’t like the way Ajer has gone about his business. It’s not good to have players at a football club who don’t want to be there. You cannot turn their thinking around.
“If they can get £15million it would be a good bit of business. It’s a very good price for a player who has just one year left on his contract.
“From Ajer’s point of view, he needs a move to the Premier League. He needs a change of scenery.” [Football Insider]
The Verdict: Ajer sale would be good business for Celtic
Upon reflection, the former Leeds United man is right to point out the need for Celtic to command a respectable fee for someone as talented as Ajer.
In 2020/21, the giant stopper was in excellent form, registering six goal contributions in 46 appearances for Celtic; two goals and four assists [Transfermarkt].
Impressing with his desire to dispose of dangerous situations at the back, the former IK Start defender averaged 3.4 clearances per game in the Scottish Premiership across the piece [WhoScored]. Full of experience for someone at such a young age, he has won eight trophies throughout his time in Glasgow.
Progressing forward, Celtic should look to complete the sale of the Norway international in order to avoid losing him for free in 2022.
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