Neil Lennon confirmed in Tuesday’s press conference that Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong is currently abroad in the midst of negotiations with an unnamed club over a move this month – and now, the Record have claimed that club is Bayer Leverkusen.
Frimpong, 20, joined Celtic on a free transfer in the summer of 2019 and was pretty much an unknown. However, he has since starred for the Scottish champions – with his performances and off-the-field charisma striking a chord with Hoops fans.
But as Celtic’s form detriorated, so did Frimpong’s. He clocked up 51 league and cup appearances at Celtic, playing 21 times last season and 30 more this time around – and Lennon confirmed that he is set to leave the club this month.
As quoted by the Record, Lennon said: “We received a really robust offer for him. We are disappointed to lose him but that’s football,” after confirming that the Netherlands Under-20 man had travelled abroad to sign for a new team.
Now, the Record confirms that team is Leverkusen – who have already signed Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United. A fee for Frimpong, believed to be bought for just £350,000, is said to be worth in excess of £10million.
TBR’s view – £10m for Frimpong is decent business
Even if Celtic have a sell-on clause with Manchester City in his contract. Bringing in an eight-figure fee gives them the ability to go out and sign two decent players this window – replacing Frimpong and buying another player elsewhere.
To have managed to secure that much of a pay increase shows just how good Frimpong has been for Celtic over the past 18 months. But it is an offer that is far too good to turn down for the Hoops, and a move that suits all parties involved.
Frimpong is one of a number of Celtic stars who has been linked with the exit door, with Rangers sitting pretty at the top of the table. Olivier Ntcham, Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer have also been rumoured with leaving soon.