Celtic are reportedly set to table an offer of £5.5million to sign Union Berlin striker Sebastian Andersson after an excellent campaign in Germany’s top tier – but Hoops fans are not so keen on the big Swede.
Andersson, 29, starred for Union. Expected to be fighting in a relegation scrap and eventually lose that battle, Union defied the odds to sit in mid-table mediocrity – with a more than convincing 11th-placed finish.
Nine-time Sweden international Andersson was crucial to that. He finished at the top of the Bundesliga goalscoring charts for Union with 12 goals in 33 Bundesliga outings, with his link-up play just as important as his goals.
German magazine Kicker claim that Andersson is set to be the subject of a £5.5million bid – his release clause – from Celtic, who could be looking to sign a striker this summer – despite boasting four first-team options at the moment.
Odsonne Edouard looks set to remain so far, while Patryk Klimala has enjoyed an excellent pre-season. Leigh Griffiths has been criticised but is still involved, but Vakoun Bayo looks unlikely to make an impact.
Andersson could be brought in, then. But Kicker claim an unnamed French side are also interested, while Andersson is dreaming of a move to the Premier League – with Leeds, Newcastle and West Brom all keen.
Celtic fans have reacted on Twitter to the reported news that they are about to table an offer for Andersson – but many believe he is too old for Celtic to be spending such a figure on his services.
Some, meanwhile, are worried Edouard could be sold if Andersson is bought.
I suspect if we get Andersson, it will mean Edouard is away.
— XOF ? (@goddamnpal) July 28, 2020
There's no way Celtic will bid so much for someone aged 29. It would be very off-model if we did.
— Timothy Leary (@sharko67) July 28, 2020
What point is in signing a 29 year old to a league we outgrow immensely? Is Klimala out the team anyway? Can't see this move making much sense financially and from sporting perspective
— Alex Cee (@allezcee) July 28, 2020
Signing Ajeti and another Striker makes sense, Bayo’s finished at Celtic, Griffiths so Unreliable so anything happens To Eddy or Klimala we have nobody thats 100% and could come in.
— JP ??????? (@JPbhoy2) July 28, 2020
Although a decent player, he turned 29 this month which means he doesn’t fit within Celtic’s recent business model when purchasing players. I can’t see this being true at the release clause price.
— Chris (@Nomadicscotsman) July 28, 2020
I think Andersson is of Griffith falls back to his old ways and will Andersson you will get a target striker to send in the last minutes
— Peking (@xPekingx) July 28, 2020
if all this is true about these strikers it looks like they may lose French Eddy
— Eddie (@EddieHa35418086) July 28, 2020