Celtic could be set for a huge windfall if Bayer Leverkusen and former Hoop Jeremie Frimpong leaves the German club for Manchester United this summer.
The Dutchman, who played for Celtic between 2019 and 2021, moved to the Bundesliga from Parkhead for a fee of around £11million – an incredible profit after just two years of playing under Neil Lennon in a £350,000 move.
He’s gone from strength to strength in the German leagues, and was involved in Holland’s World Cup squad for the Qatar World Cup, albeit without any appearances; so much so that the world’s top clubs such as Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are all taking a look at signing him in the summer.
This is key for Celtic, and may be key for Ange Postecoglou’s plans going into the window. Celtic negotiated a sell-on percentage of any potential future fee when selling Frimpong to Die Werkself. But just how much could the club receive?
What is Frimpong’s sell-on fee?
It is believed across the media that Celtic could be entitled to a 30 per cent cut of any profit should Frimpong move on to another club. With Bayer signing Frimpong for around £11million, it would be 30 per cent of whatever the new fee is, minus the initial £11m outlay.
What sort of fee has Frimpong been linked away for?
As much as £50million has been touted for Frimpong’s transfer by certain media outlets, though is remains to be seen whether anyone would be willing to pay that amount for a player who has yet to boast an international cap. Should Frimpong move for £50m, Celtic would be entitled to a 30 per cent cut of the £39m profit – which totals to £11.7m. Amazingly, that is more than the initial fee Celtic received from Bayer Leverkusen!
Who could Frimpong move to?
The Manchester Evening News has reported that United have held talks with representatives of Frimpong with a view to a summer move.
Manager Erik ten Hag is not keen on current right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and would prefer a more attacking option in Frimpong alongside current full-back star Diogo Dalot.
Despite Wan-Bissaka picking up form, a move to United seems most likely. He would add to the Dutch contingent that boasts Tyrell Malacia and other former Eredivisie player including Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Antony.