According to reports, Serie A giants AS Roma are intensifying their efforts to sign Celtic starlet Jeremie Frimpong.
The 20-year-old has been an absolute revelation for Neil Lennon’s side this season, playing every single game in the Scottish Premiership.
The Netherlands U20 international appears to have made that right-back slot his own, but his form understandably has attracted interest from elsewhere.
Now, Romanews.eu claim that the Giallorossi have this week intensified their efforts with both Celtic and the player’s representatives in a bid to lure him away from Scotland. The report adds that Roma want the Hoops to lower their asking price, and that the starlet is their number one transfer target.
If Frimpong ends up leaving Celtic for Roma, it will be one of the biggest mistakes Peter Lawwell will have made in his time at the club.
The 20-year-old represents everything that is promising about Celtic’s future, and he is already proving that he’s not just a talent for the future, but for the here and now.
Speaking after a particularly impressive performance against Hibernian last year, Lennon said: “I’m just delighted what he brings to the game, defensively or offensively and there is as an end product as well. He’s an outstanding talent who looks after himself. Watching him makes me tired, the amount of runs he makes, he wears people down.
“He is an amazing player. Amazing. With younger players, you want to look after them but you can’t hold talent back.”
What kind of message would it send to the Celtic boss if he sees his most promising young player get sold from right under his nose? Lawwell is heading for an unforgivable disaster if he doesn’t end negotiations right now.