Report: Two PL sides chasing Celtic star make big decision as Hoops respond to £15m bid
Celtic have rejected a bid of up to £15 million from Brentford for Kristoffer Ajer, with TV2 reporting that all clubs have withdrawn from the race to sign the centre-back.
It has appeared for some time that Ajer would leave Parkhead this summer. He is reportedly entering the final year of his contract with the Hoops.
And there have been offers. Norwich and Bayer Leverkusen were recently linked with £10 million bids.
And TV2 has now suggested that the Bees have joined the pair in making an offer. According to the Norwegian outlet, Thomas Frank’s side offered £12 million initially, with a further £3 million set to come in add-ons.
However, Celtic have snubbed that bid also. It is claimed that the Bhoys want £20 million for the 23-year-old.
According to TV2, that has prompted all three clubs to withdraw from negotiations. And it is claimed that everything indicates that Ajer will see out the final year of his deal before leaving on a free.
Keeping Ajer for final year of contract may be smart from Celtic – despite £15m bid
There are likely to be plenty of Celtic fans left bemused by their response to the reported Brentford bid.
Getting £12 million up front is a lot for a player out of contract next year. Ajer has also expressed a desire to leave.
Having said that, perhaps it may prove a smart move from Celtic.
The club are currently going through a lot of changes following the arrival of Ange Postecoglou. The new manager has already had to rely on a raft of young players in his first two games in charge.
So keeping a senior figure like Ajer may be sensible. Celtic do not have a lot of depth at centre-back.
Of course, they could be about to miss out on a big fee. But replacing Ajer would not be easy, particularly when they already have several areas to address.
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