During the summer, when Celtic were looking for a centre-back there was much made of the club’s interest in Omar Colley. The Sampdoria defender seemed in demand but the fee being touted about the media never seemed feasible for the Scottish Champions.
Colley was purchased by Sampdoria for £7m back in 2018 [TransferMarkt] and it was rumoured the Italians wanted to make a profit on their investment if they were to let him go.
While Celtic have spent that kind of money in the past few seasons, it was thought the transfer funds were best utilised elsewhere.
Colley ended up staying put at Sampdoria this summer after nobody met his valuation and Neil Lennon brought in Shane Duffy from Brighton on-loan.
As we’re less than two months out from the January window, if Celtic are paying attention, there could be an opportunity to bring the defender in during the next window.
Omar has fallen out of favour at Sampdoria, playing only three times this season; twice in Serie A and once in Coppa Italia. He’s currently being overlooked by Claudio Ranieri and right now the Gambian’s future is up in the air. Could it be the perfect time to go back with an offer, and have a better bargaining chip now the player is not being used?
The defence has been a big issue for the bhoys this season, they have not been able to deal with set-pieces and have been all over the place during our European campaign, shoring up our defence has to be a top priority in the next window and if they rated Omar highly just a few months ago, surely revisiting the transfer is a no brainer. RecordSport is reporting Omar’s Sampdoria exit is ‘inevitable’,
TransferMarkt currently have the defender’s transfer value sitting around the £4m mark, could Celtic be tempted after their initial approach? Sky Sports were told Celtic were quoted his release fee of £10m at the time, that’s surely gone down.