Celtic are close to agreeing a PS13.5 million deal to trade Kristoffer Ajer to Brentford.
In recent days, the newly promoted English Premier League club has been in talks with Ajer, with an agreement now believed to have been achieved.
According to reports in his home Norway, the 23-year-old centre-back will have a medical and personal terms will be agreed upon.
Celtic are close to selling centre-back Kristoffer Ajer to Brentford for PS13.5 million, according to reports in Norway. Ajer made his desire to leave Parkhead public at the start of last month, attracting attention from Newcastle United, Norwich City, and Bayer Leverkusen.
Celtic turned down a PS10 million deal from Norwich but are now set to make a significant profit on a player in his final year of contract.
If the deal is completed, it will significantly increase the amount of money available to help Ange Postecoglou’s squad rebuild this summer.
The Aussie is close to signing Rubin Kazan defender Carl Starfelt for PS4.2 million as Ajer’s replacement, after securing Israeli winger Liel Abada for PS3.4 million from Maccabi Petah Tikva.
In recent days, the newly promoted Premier League club has been in talks with Ajer. It is yet uncertain whether Starfelt will be able to participate in either leg of Celtic’s upcoming Champions League qualifier against FC Midtjylland.
Another of Postecoglou’s priorities is right-back, and the Parkhead leadership has been in talks with Rennes about teenagers Sacha Boey and Brandon Soppy.
Selling Ajer would alleviate one of Celtic’s wantaway problems, but Ryan Christie’s future remains uncertain.
The Scotland international has been linked with teams in England and France, and is now garnering interest from Saudi Arabia.
Celtic turned down a PS10 million deal from Norwich but are now set to make a significant profit. It’s been reported that Al-Hilal will offer Christie a lucrative contract in an attempt to get him to transfer to the Middle East as a replacement for Italian attacker Sebastian Giovinco.
Leonardo Jardim, a former coach of Sporting Lisbon and Monaco, took over at the Riyadh club last month.
Meanwhile, if Celtic’s selection problems continue, Callum McGregor expects to be able to guide the club’s young players through the first leg against Midtjylland on Tuesday night.
After goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas had a finger injury during the warm-up, winger Mikey Johnston and midfielder Ismaila Soro both appeared to have hamstring concerns during their goalless friendly against Bristol City on Wednesday night.
Karamoko Dembele, a teenager, also left the game after taking a hefty knock, with Celtic already without Odsonne Edouard due to a thigh issue.
Christie and Tom Rogic were both absent, while James Forrest has been ruled out of the first two preseason games after being identified as a close contact in a positive Covid case.
Just tomorrow’s match against Preston allows Postecoglou to fine-tune his depleting options ahead of the Midtjylland encounter.
‘Pre-season is tough,’ McGregor said on Celtic TV.
‘You’re trying to push them to their physical limits so they can handle the strain on their bodies, and that’s football.’
‘We’ll try to deal with it, and maybe the lads will settle down.’
‘Hopefully Soro will be fine, that just looks like a minor adjustment.’ McGregor has been impressed by youngsters like as Dane Murray, Ewan Henderson, Owen Moffat, and Adam Montgomery throughout pre-season but recognizes that they require support.
‘I’ve had fantastic guys advise me before — Charlie (Mulgrew), Broony (Scott Brown), all these seasoned guys,’ the 28-year-old remarked.
‘As a result, I strive to pass that on as well.’
‘As we mentioned in the locker room, the games are coming up fast, so we need to get that togetherness, that true team spirit, and work for each other, and you can see that happening.’