Celtic are expected to be busy in upcoming transfer windows. Brendan Rodgers has repeatedly talked about the need to bring in quality in recent times. The Hoops have been very active when it comes to adding youngsters to their squad but it is about finding the right balance between youth and experience. The current roster is probably tilted in one direction at the moment.
While both incomings and outgoings are expected at Celtic over coming weeks and months, the club and the fans will have their eyes set on some of their former players as well. Jeremie Frimpong is someone who falls under that category.
Frimpong left the club in the 2021 January window in order to join Bayer Leverkusen for a transfer fee believed to be around £11.5 million. The Hoops are believed to have a sell-on clause in the Dutchman's deal as well.
It seems like only a matter of time before Frimpong leaves Bayer Leverkusen. He has been one of the most prolific wingbacks in world football for some time now. In fact, it was a bit of a surprise that he did not leave in the last summer transfer window. Recently, rumours have broken out about there being a release clause in his deal and that has been confirmed by Fabrizio Romano.
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Romano said while speaking exclusively to CaughtOffside for his Daily Briefing column: “There have been plenty of stories about Jeremie Frimpong and a £34m release clause in his contract. I can confirm that there is a clause, and he’s certainly a player who is greatly admired around Europe after some fantastic performances this season."
Not just that, but teams like Arsenal and Bayern Munich appear to have scouted Frimpong. Romano further added: “Frimpong has been scouted by Arsenal and Bayern Munich in recent times, as well as by Barcelona before they instead signed Joao Cancelo on loan from Manchester City in the summer.
“I think in June a move is likely for Frimpong, and he surely won’t be short of suitors as many clubs have been tracking him for some time. We’ll have to wait and see how this develops because there won’t be anything happening now, but he certainly looks like one to watch for the summer.”
It seems like Frimpong leaving Bayer Leverkusen in the summer is very probable. If the exit did end up materialising it should lead to Celtic pocketing a significant sell-on fee as well.
There have been suggestions that the sell-on clause is as high as 30% of the profit that Bayer Leverkusen make on Frimpong's future transfer. So, if the £34 million release clause is met, it should bring in around £7 million for Celtic.