Celtic dealt Mohamed Elyounoussi setback


Celtic's plans this summer are no secret.

Neil Lennon is keen to keep Odsonne Edouard at the club while he also has plans for Fraser Forster and Moi Elyounoussi.

The duo are on loan at the Hoops and have both returned to training ahead of their departures at the end of June.

If Southampton want to let them go remains to be seen, but they certainly weren't wanted this season.

Whether the pair of them arrive permanently could have a big say on their quest for ten titles in a row.

It was revealed recently that Elyounoussi wants a return and has told friends he's keen to move to Celtic on a permanent transfer.

And indeed, that could well happen.

However, there is a new sticking point in a potential transfer this summer.


That's the fact that Real Betis have now entered the race to sign the Norwegian.

This should come as a considerable blow to the Hoops who will now face even more competition to sign him.

The price to sign the winger has been quoted at £10m, a sum that would represent a record-breaking fee if Celtic signed him.

Though, their pursuit in doing so has now become that little bit harder.


GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

It's hard to deny Elyounoussi's quality.

This season he scored seven goals and registered six assists in all competitions but at £10m, you want a player you can rely on to be fit all campaign long.

Celtic didn't get that this season and if they're going to break the record they set on Edouard a few years ago, you'd want more for your money. 

Although Betis' interest signals a blow to the Hoops, it really shouldn't be the end of the world.

After all, cheaper alternatives could lie elsewhere.

£2m has been quoted for Livingston's Lyndon Dykes while there have been suggestions Patrick Roberts could return. 

Valued at a similar price to Dykes, he'd be much cheaper than Elyounoussi, although you have to raise questions of his form this term.

In ten matches for Norwich and Middlesbrough combined, he's found the net just once.

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