Celtic make exceptional decision ahead of summer window

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Mohamed Elyounoussi has endured a difficult season.

The Norway international joined Celtic on loan from Southampton in the summer transfer window.

Neil Lennon’s side, of course, won the Scottish Premiership title after the curtailment of proceedings due to COVID-19, but Elyounoussi did not have the greatest impact on proceedings.

He struggled with a foot injury throughout the campaign, missing a total of 13 league games, but he was in top form at the beginning of the season.

He provided an assist in his first appearance, against Hamilton, and then scored four goals in a three-game spell against Ross County, Aberdeen, and St Mirren.

Celtic announced on Tuesday that they had struck a deal for Elyounoussi to return to Parkhead.

Football Insider reports that he could have moved to another club, as Southampton accepted two bids for the forward.

Real Socieded and Real Betis were both interested in snapping up the 25-year-old and each made offers to take Elyounoussi on loan.

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Southampton had placed an asking price of between £8 million and £10m for the winger but it does not appear that any club attempted to buy him outright.

The decision ultimately came down to the player and he opted to move back to Scotland instead of a switch to Spain; he is hopeful of proving his fitness at Celtic.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This is an excellent deal for Celtic.

Elyounoussi is clearly a very talented winger but it has not worked out for him at Southampton; he did not score a single goal for the Saints.

At Celtic, though, he has recaptured the form he showed at Basel, where he scored 11 goals and registered 15 assists in 33 games in the 2017/18 season.

His move to St Mary’s cost the English club a fee of £16m and he is finally living up to that asking price.

Staying at Celtic allows him the chance to prove just how good he is in the 2020/21 campaign.

If he can stay fit, he could be a superstar signing.

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