The Daily Mail have claimed that Chelsea want £10million from interested parties for centre-back Fikayo Tomori this summer, amid rumours that Celtic want to bring the defender north of the border.
Tomori, 21, starred for Derby County in their run to the Championship play-off final last season under Blues legend Frank Lampard. He clocked up 55 appearances in all competitions, helping Derby keep 14 clean sheets.
The England youth international has returned to Chelsea, who are currently undergoing a transfer ban and may be tempted to keep Tomori at Stamford Bridge – if they are indeed unable to sign players.
The Mirror (19 May, page 66) claimed that Celtic were interested in signing Tomori as a replacement for Dedryck Boyata, who has left the club on a free transfer to join Germanu Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin.
But if the Hoops remain interested in Tomori, they will have to spend a club-record fee to land Tomori – with their current record standing at the purchase of Odsonne Edouard for £9million from Paris Saint-Germain.
Tomori is an excellent centre-back with a big future ahead of him, if his season at Derby is anything to go by.
£10million is fair for a player that is likely to become an England international, and certainly a career at the top level. But for Celtic, can they really afford to spend so big on a player that has only shown one good season?
Right now, the answer is no. But if the Hoops can convince Chelsea to reduce that asking price, then perhaps Tomori could be seen next season in green and white.