Celtic threaten to withdraw offer for goalscoring machine - report
By Aramide Oladipo
Swansea City are interested in signing Stuart Armstrong as Celtic threaten to withdraw their new contract offer to the player, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants the playmaker, 25, to replace the outgoing Gylfi Sigurdsson and the Premier League side are ready to make a £6million move for him.
It is said that the Premier League side are hopeful that they can agree a low fee with the SPL champions given that the player has still failed to put pen to paper on a new deal at Celtic Park.
The Sun report that Celtic will withdraw their offer to Armstrong if he does not imminently sign it.
The Swans are not the only top-flight English side to be linked with a move for Armstrong this summer as the Express recently reported that Southampton were prepared to spend £3million on the midfielder.
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It is said that the Celtic man might be open to plying his trade in the Premier League this season.
The Scotland international was a goalscoring machine for the Hoops last season, notching up a total of 17 goals from midfield in all competitions.
The midfielder’s contribution helped Celtic to achieve an unforgettable domestic treble last season.
Armstrong’s current contract at Celtic Park runs out at the end of next season.
Football Insider verdict
Celtic simply cannot afford to lose Armstrong in this transfer window. The Scotsman was simply outstanding last season and his ability to score and assist goals from midfield is a fantastic asset to have amongst the squad. With Swansea reportedly set to receive around £45million through the Sigurdsson deal, they will be able to offer the SPL side a lot of money but even if they table a bid which is too good to turn down, Armstrong should seriously consider whether it’s a step in the right direction. The Hoops are set to compete in the Champions League this season and compete for trophies in Scotland whilst Swansea will surely face another battle against relegation. Staying at Celtic Park is surely the best solution for the player.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has shared his worries about not being able to complete this deal.