An update has emerged on Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer, regarding Norwich’s pursuit of the Norway international…
According to the Pink’Un, Norwich will not be increasing their transfer offer for Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer this summer. The Canaries have put a £10m bid, plus add-ons, on the table to the Hoops and will not budge on their personal valuation of the Norweigan.
The report claims Celtic want £15m for the defender who has 12 months left to run on his contract, with the Scottish giants now needing to make a decision on how they will react to the Premier League side’s ultimatum.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou must avoid a big blunder with Ajer this summer.
If he is valued at £15m inside the club then they have to reject Norwich’s bid for the towering defender and hold out for the rest of the transfer window. Teams have until the end of August to sign players and that means the Hoops could wait until towards the end of next month when clubs may start to get desperate and chuck money around to land their targets.
For example, if it gets into the final week of August and Norwich, or any other side interested in Ajer, have failed to sign a centre-back they may decide to spend £15m on him. If not, then Celtic retain a key player for next season, albeit with the risk of losing him on a free transfer in 12 months.
However, Ajer departing for nothing could be worth it for the club if he is able to help them win the title back from Rangers next term.
The 23-year-old is a key part of Celtic’s side and enjoyed a fine season in the Premiership despite Neil Lennon’s side struggling throughout and eventually losing the title to their bitter rivals. Ajer averaged a sublime WhoScored rating of 7.16, winning 3.2 aerial battles, 1.3 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game at centre-back.
During last season, former Scotland boss Alex McLeish lauded the “inspirational” 23-year-old and compared him to current Liverpool and Netherlands star Virgil van Dijk in terms of the impact he has at Parkhead.
“I go back to that St Johnstone game, you see sometimes when it’s not going for Celtic and the game’s in its dying embers, and then all of a sudden you see Ajer striding up the pitch trying to inspire like Roy of the Rovers.
“Running from defence, augment the attack and then it leads to a goal – these are inspirational moments and he is an inspirational, influential player for Celtic. Like Virgil van Dijk, he came to Celtic and we all know what happened next.”
This highlights Ajer’s worth to Celtic and why they should not be pressured into cashing in on him for £10m now when they could get a better deal further down the line in the window.
There is no rush for the Hoops to accept any offers now and a defender of Ajer’s aforementioned quality should not be sold easily as the fans would be livid if a key player was let go without much negotiation.
Supporters would be furious if they watched Ajer walk out of the door for £5m less than what his supposed valuation; it would show a weak mentality by the club to keep the best players in the building.