Celtic

Bite the hand £9m for Boyata, sign Sainsbury for free

Today we are hearing that Fulham has tabled a £9 million bid for Dedryck Boyata, itself a fairytale amount for a player who is in truth highly flawed.

His performances have swung between fantastic and forgettable since he arrived, but after a successful World Cup campaign, he is worth more now than ever before.

If we were to cash in on Boyata, Celtic would have enough money to buy a defender for £4-5 million and pocket the rest or put it towards the wages of the new player.

Of course getting Boyata off the wage bill will cover most of that anyway.

One player who would be a welcome addition is Trent Sainsbury, the Socceroos Centre Half is without a club and available on a free transfer, he is attracting bids from PSV Eindhoven and QPR.

Sainsbury fits Celtic’s business plan of buying cheap and young and selling for a much higher price, at 26 years old the 184 cm defender is approaching the prime of his Footballing life.

There are other defenders of course and by accepting the money for Boyata who has delayed for months on signing a new contract, we would have a lot of money at our disposal with which to buy quality.

With games against the Greeks to be followed by either Swedes or Hungarians, Celtic have a great chance to progress to the Champions League group stages, the missing piece, if Boyata stays or goes, is at Centre Half.

With that in mind, we should sell him and buy again.

Ask yourself, if we do not buy another Centre Half will you be happy?

Likely not, with Kris Ajer commanding one place that only leaves a liability worth small fortune.

If we go for Rogic’s World Cup teammate, we could add quality, fix an obvious area of concern and make enough money to pick up McGinn too.

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