Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham is hoping to find an exit from the club this summer, according to website Football Insider.
Ntcham was signed by Brendan Rodgers back in the summer of 2017 and the Frenchman has enjoyed two successful seasons at Celtic, winning six trophies and improving as a player along the way.
Football Insider though reckon he has told friends he wants to exit Glasgow this summer and move elsewhere, currently hopeful that his wish will come true during the transfer window.
The outlet report that Celtic believe a fee of around £7m is a realistic valuation for his services, which would see the club make a profit on his move from Manchester City, which the website states was for £4.5m.
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Obviously Celtic won’t want players around who don’t want to play for the club next season, especially as Neil Lennon embarks on a new managerial era.
Lennon will need everyone pulling in the same direction to maintain the standards of success set under Brendan Rodgers and if Ntcham sees his future elsewhere they must do a deal for him.
The problem is though that the French U21 international does have unique qualities compared to the rest of the Hoops midfield and although he hasn’t been one of the first names on the teamsheet over the last 12 months, he has still made 85 appearances in two seasons.
The reported £7m isn’t a massive return when you consider Celtic will surely have to reinvest most of that on signing a new midfielder who replaces the kind of driving ability and composure Ntcham brings to the middle of the park.
Players such as Nir Bitton and Eboue Kouassi simply don’t have the kind of quality that the Frenchman brings to the team and a replacement must be sought, ideally before doing the deal that would ensure Ntcham’s exit.
If they don’t do that, Celtic will be weaker in midfield next season when most observers recognise they need to strengthen further to make progress under their new manager.