The Telegraph have claimed that Celtic will have to pay an enormous £20million to sign Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster either in January or next summer, after Sunday’s heroics.
Forster, 31, has starred for Celtic since rejoining the Scottish champions in the summer on a season-long loan from Southampton. He has conceded just 13 goals in 20 games, keeping an incredible nine clean sheets.
Celtic fans are desperate to keep Forster and it is believed that Celtic are looking to sign the goalkeeper for a second time. But the England international will cost a club-record fee, with the report claiming Southampton want £20million.
However, there is a silver lining for Celtic. Previous reports have claimed Forster earns a whopping £70,000 a week, but the latest claims say he is earning just £17,000 a week – something which is much more affordable for Celtic.
TBR’s view – Should Celtic stump up the cash?
If Celtic are to more than double the club-record fee they paid for Odsonne Edouard last summer, then they will have to forget about signing any other players next summer. Can they afford to bring just the one player in?
This summer, Celtic spent £11.5million on transfer fees – and more on loan deals for Forster, Mo Elyounoussi and Moritz Bauer. Sp spending £20million is likely to be the only deal they do.
But they need additions all over the pitch. Centre-back cover for Kris Ajer and Christopher Jullien, a Scott Brown replacement and cover for Edouard. Even a new winger, if Elyounoussi cannot be kept permanently.
So, should Celtic splash so much on Forster that they cannot improve elsewhere? Perhaps they need to work a compromise.