Why Celtic and Rangers really need to join Premier League quartet in reported £4m race - TBR View
Matthew Hoppe is a name that many might have heard about back in January, but have since forgotten. An American attacker, he stole the headlines with a hat-trick for Schalke to secure their first win of the season. Now Hoppe is available and both Celtic and Rangers need to be on red alert.
Hoppe, 20, failed to prevent Schalke from being relegated but in a harsh way – it might play into his hands. The uncapped USA star scored six goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances – as Schalke managed just three league wins all season. Hoppe was pivotal to two of those wins.
Clearly, he is an exciting talent with huge potential that deserves more than to be stuck in the second tier of German football. 90Min claim that four Premier League sides want him, with Schalke requesting just £4million for his sale. Tottenham, Wolves, Southampton and Newcastle are keen.
But Celtic and Rangers have got to consider Hoppe…
When it comes to the Glasgow giants signing players in the transfer market, a large part of it is signing players with resale value. The Scottish game does not have the TV money or the European acclaim that the Premier League does. But signing exciting players on the cheap and selling them on helps.
Look at Celtic this summer – they are likely to cash in on Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer. That could see them rake in £40million – when Christie came through the academy, Ajer cost £500,000 and Edouard was less than £10million. Signing players with resale value is crucial.
Not only that, but Hoppe is a player that both clubs could really do with at the moment. Celtic desperately. They need additions out wide and cover up top, with Edouard likely to go and Patryk Klimala already gone. Rangers could do with another option, as Alfredo Morelos is linked with Porto.
But it is the fact that Hoppe is available for just £4million. Given his breakthrough season and that Premier League clubs already want him, getting him for that price – letting him shine for a season or two and then selling him on – would bring Celtic and Rangers mass profit. A no-brainer.