Former England international Carlton Palmer says Celtic’s Matt O’Riley will likely consider a move to the Premier League at the end of the season.
Reports have linked the Denmark international with a transfer to the likes of West Ham and Aston Villa this month, along with Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, PSV and Girona. However, Palmer told Football League World, the midfielder will wait until the summer before leaving Parkhead:
“Matt seems very settled and happy in the Celtic setup as we speak, and he’s certainly not looking to move in the January transfer window, with it being claimed that he will 100% be a Celtic player when the window closes.”
“But who knows what will happen in the summer should Leicester and Leeds – who are very keen on the player – come knocking with a £15m to £20m offer if they are back in the Premier League. Surely O’Riley would be interested?”
Celtic could demand a club record fee for O’Riley
As Palmer mentions, Leeds and Leicester are both teams who have pursued the Dane in the past. The former reportedly had a £10m offer rejected by the Hoops last summer.
However, the Scottish champions want at least £20m for O’Riley, and they may even be able to get more than the £25m they received from Al-Ittihad for Jota.
The midfielder is in high demand
It should be noted that, in addition to the 8 clubs already named, the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Newcastle and Crystal Palace have also scouted the 23-year-old.
The sheer number of teams interested in O’Riley means that Celtic can almost guarantee themselves a big payday if and when they decide to sell the player. A January move is definitely out of the question but it is a transfer story to keep an eye on ahead of the summer.