Celtic have reportedly set a huge asking price for Kristoffer Ajer, meaning Newcastle will need to make him one of their most expensive transfers ever if they want to sign him this summer.
That’s according to the Athletic, who claim that Celtic now want £20million for the defender.
Ajer is a man in demand, with multiple Premier League clubs linked with his signature.
Newcastle have been linked for a while, but seem to have fallen behind in the race, with the likes of Norwich and Brentford actually tabling bids.
The time for Celtic to sell is now, with Ajer’s contract set to expire next summer.
And it seems as though the Hoops are doing their best to get every last penny out of the Norwegian.
If Newcastle are to sign him, they will have to match the fee they paid for Callum Wilson last summer. It would make Ajer the joint-third most expensive signing in the club’s history, behind Miguel Almiron and Joelinton.
Kristoffer Ajer asking prices makes Newcastle move unlikely
As time has gone by, the chances of the 23-year-old joining Newcastle have deteriorated.
Those claims seemed farfetched at the time. More than a month on, and Ajer is still at Celtic with an asking price of more than three times that reported fee.
Two newly promoted teams are showing more ambition than us in the transfer market. As always, we remain intent on acting slow and ensuring we don’t get caught in a bidding war.
But £20million is certainly excessive for a player who could be available for nothing next summer.
Ajer is a top defender, but there’s no chance he’ll be joining Newcastle United if the asking price is £20million.