Bronby have “named their price” for their Under 21 striker according to reports today, and they want £4 million for him.
I think that’s a lot of money to pay for a backup player, even if he’s being groomed to carry the team through the Asian Cup. It’s almost what Kyogo cost and more than what we paid for Giakoumakis.
The only question is, what do we think he’s worth?
Because we can waste time trying to negotiate that down to a lesser sum, or we can simply move on if we don’t think his CV is sufficiently impressive. There’s no time left for us to squander in this window chasing someone we don’t think is worth that kind of money. If he’s a £4 million player then pay that for him. If he isn’t, then he’s nothing but a squad player anyway.
This is what happens when transfer business is not done promptly and it’s left until the closing stages.
Teams smell the desperation off you and they jack up the prices accordingly.
The worst thing about having a Lawwell in charge of this stuff is that Daddy thought he was the greatest poker player in the world until his bluff was called.
You don’t have to recall every detail of the John McGinn saga; you just have to remember that Lawwell’s nuclear threat was that we would just wait till the following summer (regardless that the manager wanted him in there and then) and take the player to Celtic on a free; a pretty big presumption that John McGinn was certainly not on board with.
He did the same the following year with Alfie Doughty, with the same outcome. He went to Luton, where he was instrumental in helping them get to the English Premiership last season.
I would rather we didn’t spend what little remains of a window that’s been open for months, with the manager in place for two of them, locked in endless negotiations for players who, at the end of the day, aren’t even the finished article.
Different if this is real, proven quality … but even in that case why wouldn’t you just pay what they’re damned well worth?
Mathias Kvistgaarden is a guy I hadn’t even heard of until this story broke the other day, so I have no idea whether he’s worth £4 million or not, but I do know that’s a sizeable chunk of money for us to spend on a fourth striker for a club which plays with one up front. At that price I’d want to see a player challenging Kyogo for the starting slot.
And if he’s that good, pay the damned money and stop messing about.
If he’s not, then ditch the whole thing and get on with finding someone who is.
Because really, there’s no time left here for foot dragging and haggling over loose change.
This board has been given a lot of “benefit of the doubt”, but that performance yesterday and the manager’s comments after the game, where his frustration over the squad was not even disguised, has removed from them any alibi they had.
The focus is now on them and what they deliver for the man in the dugout. It would be good if we could get some business done this week so whatever new signings are made aren’t debuting at Ibrox.
Enough of this already, Celtic. Get it in gear. Get this moving.