High flying Jeremie Frimpong is poised to net Celtic a huge windfall, but will we reinvest it? The answer has got to be yes…
Jeremie Frimpong is poised to leave Bayer Leverkusen either in the upcoming transfer window or in the summer and is expected to go for at least £34 million, the figure which has been revealed as his release clause.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Frimpong has a £34m release in his contract with Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen. Speaking exclusively to CaughtOffside for his Daily Briefing column, Romano made it clear that Arsenal are one of the clubs monitoring Frimpong, while the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona have also shown an interest in him, though the latter may have cooled their pursuit since deciding to sign Joao Cancelo on loan from Manchester City instead.
“There have been plenty of stories about Jeremie Frimpong and a £34m release clause in his contract. I can confirm that there is a clause, and he’s certainly a player who is greatly admired around Europe after some fantastic performances this season,” Romano said.
“Bayer Leverkusen as a whole have been great to watch under Xabi Alonso, and Frimpong is one of the team’s most important players with some superb displays at right-back.
“Frimpong has been scouted by Arsenal and Bayern Munich in recent times, as well as by Barcelona before they instead signed Joao Cancelo on loan from Manchester City in the summer.
“I think in June a move is likely for Frimpong, and he surely won’t be short of suitors as many clubs have been tracking him for some time. We’ll have to wait and see how this develops because there won’t be anything happening now, but he certainly looks like one to watch for the summer.”
Still, it seems Romano expects Frimpong to be one to watch next summer after his superb form for Leverkusen this season, with the 22-year-old undoubtedly one of the stand-out performers in this impressive Xabi Alonso side
This will of course net Celtic a decent amount of cash as it’s been confirmed that we have a thirty percent sell on clause to collect form any potential sale. So we are looking at a cut of at least £8 million, and that is a fantastic piece of business.
The big question is, will it be reinvested in the squad? It is imperative we do just that. Brendan needs to be backed to the hilt in the next window and a windfall such as this can help him bring in the quality he’s craving. Questions are already being asked of the board and with the recent announcement of record revenues along with the potential Frimpong windfall, they really need to give Brendan a decent kitty to bolster the squad.
If they fail to do so, they will come under even more scrutiny from the already impatient Celtic support. It’s only six weeks to the opening of the transfer window. We will all be watching very carefully.
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