Celtic must take advantage of fire sale and swoop for 5ft 8in centre-back for CL qualifiers
Celtic really could do with an experienced centre-back to guide Kristoffer Ajer through the Champions League qualifiers whilst Dedryck Boyata is on international duty with Belgium.
Ajer has been excellent for the Hoops so far, but at only 20-years-old, he has yet to play in one of the fraught qualifiers for the Bhoys, having made his first-team breakthrough in December of last year.
One very experienced player might be available for the Hoops though, and at a knockdown price – Welsh international James Chester.
The 5ft 8in 29-year-old is currently at Aston Villa, but financial issues could force them into a firesale of players, according to Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett.
Understand Dr Xia is looking for inward investment and is prepared to sell #avfc for right price. Talks with HMRC ongoing. Administration a real concern – mainly cash flow problems in China. Insiders fear fire sale of best players. Poss biggest crisis in club’s history.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) June 6, 2018
If Chester is one of the players for sale then Brendan Rodgers should not think twice about making a move for the defender who made 50 appearances for Villa last season.
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Chester has the ability to also play at both left and right-back, in addition to his preferred centre-back role, and if the Hoops are able to get a player who was signed by Villa for reportedly over £8million it would be one of the best signings of the summer.
With qualifying for the Champions League group stages now worth £40million, as reported by the Evening Times, the Hoops should speculate to accumulate and bring in some high-profile signings in the summer.
Chester would certainly fit the bill, and even better if he was available for a relatively cheap sum of money.
In other Celtic news, Neil Lennon has provided an update on a Hoops transfer target