Daniel Farke’s Norwich City side are considering a move for Celtic’s Ryan Christie in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by the Daily Mail (via the Daily Record), who claim that Celtic are eager to sell the 26-year-old this summer, as the attacking midfielder’s contract, rather strangely, expires in January of 2022 – meaning that the winger is free to talk to potential new suitors ahead of a what could be a free transfer in next season’s winter market.
It is then claimed that as a result of Celtic’s urgent desire to sell, both Norwich and Burnley are keen on a move for the £8.1 million-rated Scotland international.
Despite the fact that Celtic have endured something of a season to forget this term, Christie has remained one of the brighter sparks coming out of Parkhead.
Over the 26-year-old’s 32 appearances in the Scottish Premiership, he has scored five goals and registered eight assists, as well as taking an average of 2.7 shots and making an average of two key passes per game, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 7.28 – ranking him as the Bhoys’ third-best performer in the Scottish top flight.
Alongside these impressive performances, the £12,000-per-week star’s versatility is also a major plus point to his game, with the Scot being able to comfortably operate from the centre of midfield, attacking midfield, either the left or right-wing and as a centre-forward.
This is something that is likely to appeal to Farke, as the Norwich boss currently only has Kieran Dowell and Marco Stiepermann as options for the number 10 role in his side, with Christie – whom Alex McLeish claimed is “on a different level” to his fellow Celtic players – appearing to be an upgrade on both players, as they each struggled for goals and assists in the Championship this season.
As such, it would be highly advisable for Stuart Webber to start negotiations with Celtic as soon as possible regarding a move for Christie, or else the Canaries could end up missing out on the midfielder to Sean Dyche’s Burnley side, who could well be a direct rival of Norwich around the Premier League relegation zone next season.