Celtic: O’Rourke praises recruitment team following Jeremie Frimpong speculation

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Celtic have shown good business sense in putting a sell-on clause in Jeremie Frimpong’s deal with Bayer Leverkusen, when the Scottish giants sold him in January 2021.

That is according to journalist Pete O’Rourke, who was speaking to This is Futbol about the latest news from Celtic Park.

According to Fabrizio Romano, there are multiple clubs interested in the services of Frimpong in the upcoming transfer windows, with Manchester United reportedly being one of these. 

Celtic sold the former Manchester City starlet to Bayer Leverkusen in January 2021, for a fee which could rise to £11.5m in a deal which reportedly includes a sell-on clause for the Glasgow side.

And O’Rourke believes that Celtic are going to benefit from any move that Frimpong makes in terms of cash windfall, with the club also putting a sell-on clause in Moussa Dembélé’s move to Lyon.

He said: “I think if Celtic are going to benefit from any potential transfer of Jeremie Frimpong, it’s good work by the recruitment team, who obviously spotted his potential.

“He did a very good job for Celtic before his move to Bayer Leverkusen, so obviously Celtic have included a sell-on clause in any potential further move as well.

“They’ve done similar as well with Dembélé after he moved to Lyon, but they might miss out on any cash windfall there because he looks like he might be running down his contract and leaving on a free.

“But it’s good business sense from Celtic that maybe they could benefit from any potential move from Jeremie Frimpong.

“It shows that they saw the potential in him to maybe go to even higher heights, and a big money move to Manchester United would obviously benefit Celtic financially as well.”

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TIF Thoughts on O’Rourke’s comments…

Inserting a sell-on clause in a young prodigy’s move away from the club can be an astute way for the club to make more cash further down the line, and we think that applying this to Frimpong’s move to Leverkusen could prove to be an exceptional piece of business for Celtic. 

With the 21-year-old’s contract not expiring until 2025, you would expect the Bundesliga side to be demanding a lot more than the £11.5m they paid for the full-back almost two years ago, which could potentially land Celtic a decent windfall.

Therefore, we agree with O’Rourke and think that Celtic have been incredibly smart by adding a sell-on clause, and the Scottish champions will be baying for a top European club to pay a decent fee to land the Parkhead side a decent influx of cash.

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