Celtic FC manager Neil Lennon has admitted that right-back Jeremie Frimpong looks set to leave Parkhead this month as he’s currently in talks with a foreign club.
The manager said, as per the BBC: “Jeremie is abroad at the minute speaking to a club. That deal looks like it may go through.
“The club have made great strides to renegotiate with Jeremie and his representatives but the player made it clear to me, to the board, that he wanted to leave.
“I wouldn’t say he was unhappy, just ambitious maybe or he wanted to try something else to progress his career at another club.
“We got a really robust offer from a club for Jeremie and the club felt it was good business. We do as well from a football side of things and when the player makes it clear he would prefer to play his football elsewhere, that was a decision we all agreed to take.
“That’s football sometimes, when a player makes it clear that he would prefer to go elsewhere then you have to look at it and think is this the right thing to do, is this the right sort of deal for us and ticks all the boxes really.”
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Celtic FC paid around £300,000 for Frimpong to Manchester City in the summer of 2019 and this season he has played in 22 league matches for the Bhoys.
According to Goal reporter Ronan Murphy, the club that’s talking to Frimpong are Bayer Leverkusen and the Bundesliga side are reportedly willing to pay around €10m to Celtic FC.
He wrote on Twitter: “Bayer Leverkusen are the team speaking to Celtic’s Jeremie Frimpong. Fee could be around €10m. Leverkusen building for the future with Lars Bender retiring in the summer. They already added Timothy Fosu-Mensah at RB this window.”
Bayer Leverkusen are the team speaking to Celtic’s Jeremie Frimpong. Fee could be around €10m. Leverkusen building for the future with Lars Bender retiring in the summer. They already added Timothy Fosu-Mensah at RB this window. #B04 #CelticFC https://t.co/MBy9gQhBGZ
— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) January 26, 2021
Frimpong has played in each and every SPFL game for the Glasgow side so far this season and him leaving during the middle of the season will be a big blow to Lennon’s title push.
But unfortunately, that’s how the Scottish Premiership works since there’s no way Celtic FC could have turned down an €11m offer amidst such a financial crisis.