Brondby sporting director confirms Celtic have set Teemu Pukki’s asking price too high

Celtic striker Teemu Pukki looked to be on the verge of signing for Brondby.

Pukki has spent the season on loan with the Danish team, but sporting director Per Rud has confirmed to MX that they will not be signing him permanently until Celtic lower their asking price.

Rud said: “The price that has been set, we won't pay. So the ball is back with them [Celtic]. Now they either go down with their price or they don’t. If they do not, then there will be no Pukki and we're willing to accept that.”

The Bhoys certainly look willing to sell Pukki, with the 25-year-old forward clearly not part of Ronny Deila’s plans.

He has scored nine goals in 38 games for Celtic, but has spent this campaign with Brondby, hitting the back of the net 11 times in 28 appearances.

He has done enough to impress Brondby chiefs, and with Celtic not wanting him, it looked as if a deal would be struck with ease.

However, the latest report confirms that the Bhoys are overpricing Pukki’s worth, and that the Danish club are unwilling to pay the asking price this summer.

With Deila not favouring Pukki, it would not be a surprise to see Celtic cave in and agree to sell the forward for a lower fee, especially as the player is likely to push through a move knowing that he is not guaranteed first-team football at Parkhead.

Should a move go through for Pukki, it is likely that any transfer fee received will be reinvested into the Celtic squad, with a consistent goalscoring striker high on Deila’s transfer shortlist this summer.

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