Amidst the transfer stories which continue to link us to signings, there are two stories which are amusing to our fans because they are about players who’ve already left our club and who we could, as yet, still rake in big sums of money for in this window.
The futures of Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele aren’t yet clear, but the interest in them both is believed to be real. Tierney’s comes from Manchester City.
The stories about Dembele link him to a rash of different clubs across Europe.
Of the two, Tierney would almost certainly generate the biggest additional fee.
If City want him they will have to pay big bucks for him. Dembele hasn’t enjoyed the sort of acclaim Kieran has, although he’s not exactly been a failure either.
But the interest in him seems to have the most substance.
He’s been linked with a move to England, but clubs across the continent are said to fancy taking a punt on him. The two English clubs most likely to move are Manchester United and Wolves.
Estimates suggest that we’d net £3 million if a deal like this went through, which is almost enough for us to buy the Macedonian winger from Kazan who we’re linked with in the papers today.
If Tierney goes the figure could be in excess of £5 million.
Imagine both go, in the latter weeks of the transfer window.
What a bonus that would be for us, and we didn’t even have to move a finger. An £8 million infusion of cash, for the manager to dip into now or in January. It hasn’t happened yet, of course, but it very well might.
The Tierney deal, if it comes, is likely to come later in the day than the Dembele one, which to be honest could be done at any time. Part of the problem might be the ongoing nightmare at Old Trafford, with the club currently deep in crisis.
The clock continues to tick on down.
There will be business at Celtic and business elsewhere that affects Celtic.
We’ll know what’s what, and the full lie of the land, within the next fortnight. After that, all the focus will be on where it belongs … on winning this title and progressing in Europe.