‘Expensive’ – Bristol City manager’s comments will interest Celtic

With the 2021/22 season coming to an end, a massive summer transfer window for Celtic awaits. Following a season where the Hoops have managed to secure two titles in the form of the Scottish League Cup and the Premiership, manager Ange Postecoglou must be looking to strengthen his squad further.

Signing good players this summer appears to be very important, considering that they will be competing in the Champions League next season after a long time. Building a squad capable of playing among the elite clubs of Europe will be difficult to say the least.

Recent rumours have suggested that Celtic might be interested in adding to their forward line this summer, with Bristol City’s Antoine Semenyo believed to be a potential transfer target for the Hoops.

Bristol manager, Nigel Pearson, has opened up on the Championship club’s intention to keep Semenyo at the club for the following season. As reported by 67 Hail Hail, speaking with BBC Radio Bristol, he said:

“I don’t spend too much time worrying about that. I think we will, in time, have decisions to make on him but hopefully, he [Antoine Semenyo] will be here this year. Would I stand in his way of going to top a Premier League side? Absolutely not. But it would have to be the right deal for us, as a team.

“As a football club, the financial offset for losing someone like Antoine is going to be considerable and people need to be aware of that.

“We don’t want to be a selling club, we want to keep our best player, of course we do, but the reality of where we are is there are times when that stance will be stretched and it will be questioned, and what we have to do is make the right decision for us as a football club. We’ll have a better chance of succeeding next year if Antoine is here. But if he goes somewhere he’s going to be expensive for somebody.”

Pearson’s comments about Semenyo should interest Celtic

As rumours have suggested previously, the Robins would like to extend Semenyo’s contract until at least the summer of 2024. His current contract keeps him at the club until the summer of 2023. The Championship club has an option to trigger a one-year extension in the player’s contract.

Multiple rumours further suggest that Bristol would ask for a transfer fee between £15 million and £20 million for the 22-year-old striker. Forking out £20 million on one player would be considered impossible from Celtic’s perspective. Consequently, the Scottish giants could turn their eyes towards more economical options.

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