Peter Lawwell is loosening the purse strings at just the right time as Celtic go all out to win what would be an iconic 10th successive title, failure would also make his position untenable with the support unless he spends big, after todays reports, it seems that is exactly what he means to do.
A fee of £7.2 million has ”been agreed” with Turkish side Trabzonspor for Caleb Ekuban as reported by The Sun picking up on a reports in Turkey by Haberturk who are stating the deal will go ahead in a few days after a medical can be arranged.
This is on top of the £4.5 million paid for Barkas and Ajeti each with a £3 million deal for David Turnbull being negotiated now.
Aaron Hickey has a 30% sell on clause and was thought to be leaving Tynecastle for £1.8 million, that will likely be a million without the sell on clause should he return as reports yesterday suggested.
Then there is Shane Duffy who could come in for £2 million on loan or £8 million if we buy him outright, regardless we will need another Centre Half this year after letting Jozo leave.
£7.2 Caleb Ekuban
£4.5 Albian Ajeti
£4.5 Vasilis Barkas
£3 David Turnbull
£2 Shane Duffy
£1 Aaron Hickey
£22.2 million in one transfer window, that could indeed rise to £28.2 if we decide to buy Duffy, something with Ajer constantly being linked away wouldn’t be such a bad move.
If the deal with Ekuban is to be believed, it would likely point to a player coming onto the books to replace Edouard when he eventually leaves, hopefully it will not be this crucial season but even the most optimistic of us are not planning on seeing him at Celtic next season.
This would be a stunning window for Celtic, Hickey would replace Bolingoli, Duffy for Jozo, Ajeti and Ekuban as heirs apparent to Edouard and replacement for Bayo and Turnbull for Rogic and next season Scott Brown.
A window where we arm ourselves with everything we will need to win this year and provision for the positions that will undoubtedly open up next season.