Report: 25-year-old Celtic man agrees £19k-a-week deal elsewhere; now waiting on Hoops decision
Olivier Ntcham is ready to leave Celtic on a permanent transfer, with The Scottish Sun reporting he has agreed a £1 million-per-year deal elsewhere.
The writing had arguably been on the wall for Ntcham at Parkhead for some time.
The 25-year-old left the Hoops on loan in January but unfortunately for the Frenchman, his time with Marseille could have hardly gone worse, it seems.
The positive news for the Celtic fans ready to see Ntcham move on permanently is that it appears a move elsewhere is edging closer.
According to The Sun, he has agreed personal terms with AEK Athens. It is claimed that he could leave on a free should Celtic not take up the option to extend his contract.
The report suggests that Ntcham is set to earn around £19,200-a-week should he complete a move to Greece.
Celtic unlikely to deny Ntcham chance to leave on free transfer
Celtic will be frustrated to see Ntcham leave on a free transfer. He was being linked with a £20 million move to the Premier League just last year.
However, the time is surely right to agree a separation.
Ntcham has arguably not kicked on as many expected. On his day, he remains capable of a game-changing display.
But Celtic fans saw that nowhere near often enough. And moving his wages off the books would be a big positive.
The Bhoys will be hoping to enter a new era this summer. So a fresh start is needed for a lot of figures heavily involved with the club in recent years.
Ntcham would certainly benefit from a move, and Celtic will welcome some sort of finality.
It is not an ideal situation, but the club need to do all they can to make sure that he moves elsewhere in this window.
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