Manchester United open talks to sign former Celtic player

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Celtic's recruitment over the past several years has come under the microscope lately. Other than the 2021/22 campaign, there has not really been another season in recent memory in which the Hoops were excellent when it came to transfers. Yet, the club have managed to make some remarkable signings from time-to-time.

The decision to sign Jeremie Frimpong has to fall under that category for sure. The Dutchman had not even made a single senior appearance for Manchester City before Celtic signed him in 2019.

Expectations were not high when Frimpong arrived. He was viewed as another project signing from the club, who most likely would get lost in the shuffle and never make an impact in the senior team.

Frimpong proved to be a special talent though. Just a few months after his arrival, he was a regular starter for Celtic. And in 2021, he sealed a £11 million move to Bayer Leverkusen. There, he has continued to enhance his reputation and has played a major part in Xabi Alonso's side winning the Bundesliga this season. Unsurprisingly, some of Europe's biggest teams have taken notice.

Manchester United open talks to sign former Celtic player

As reported by CaughtOffside, Christian Falk informed the website in his exclusive Fact Files column:

"Likewise, Alonso and sporting director Rolfes are working on a shared future with Jeremie Frimpong. His contract until 2028 also contains an exit clause. The wing player can go for €40m. The clause would have to be activated before the start of the European Championship in June. Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United have registered their interest in the Dutchman. The management of Frimpong is already in concrete talks with United and Bayern."

It is pretty easy to see why a club like Manchester United would be interested in Frimpong. On the other hand, Bayern Munich have seen their streak of winning the Bundesliga come to an end this season and they would be keen to bounce back as soon as possible. Real Madrid seem to be in the mix as well.

Of course, all of this is good news for Celtic. They are believed to hold a significant sell-on clause for Frimpong. That could potentially translate into an eight-figure transfer windfall in the summer.