Reported Celtic transfer target Antoine Semenyo has dropped an update on a potential summer switch.
In recent comments cited by the Daily Record, the Bristol City centre-forward, who is believed to have been scouted by Celtic’s Craig Strachan earlier this month, revealed that, despite the increasing interest in his services, he is in no rush to seal a move away from Ashton Gate this summer.
Speaking about his future, the 22-year-old said: “It has always been a dream of mine from when I was young [to move to a big club]. But whether it comes now or in a few years, I’m not in any kind of a rush. I just want to keep working on my game so that if I do ever get to the top then hopefully there’ll be no problems.”
Considering just how close Celtic were to sealing the signing of then-Peterborough United centre-forward Ivan Toney in the summer of 2020, it would appear as if Ange Postecoglou now has the perfect opportunity to amend the Bhoys’ mistake in missing out on a deal for the 25-year-old hitman – by landing Semenyo this summer.
Indeed, it was reported that Celtic had gone as far as to agree personal terms with the Posh striker, with the club’s chairman, Barry Fry, claiming that Toney was so eager to secure a switch to the Hoops that he would have walked to Celtic Park to finalise the deal.
However, after the English side rejected Celtic’s £5m offer for the striker, Peterborough subsequently accepted Brentford’s £6.5m – rising to £10m with add-ons – bid for the centre-forward, with the 25-year-old going on to pen a five-year deal with the Bees.
The following season, Celtic’s decision not to match Brentford’s offer for the Northampton born target-man immediately proved a costly one, with Toney bagging an astonishing 33 goals and providing ten assists over 48 Championship appearances on the way to firing his side to the Premier League, while Celtic were blown out of the water in the Premiership title race by their most fierce of rivals.
And, having so far bagged six goals and registered two assists over his 21 Premier League outings this season, it has been reported that Brentford will be demanding a figure in the region of £35m, should any potential suitor wish to purchase the 25-year-old – with West Ham and Chelsea both having been linked.
As such, considering the fact that the “dangerous” – in the words of Phil Parkinson – Semenyo is enjoying a similar Championship campaign to that of Toney last time out, with the £1.08m-rated striker having bagged six goals, registered eight assists and created five big chances over his 20 league outings, it would appear an extremely wise for Postecoglou to simply stump up the fee required to land the 22-year-old this summer – or else Celtic could be rueing their indecision in the transfer market once again next year.