Petrov: Celtic signing Anya for £4m is a good deal

Celtic Football Club Wide

The former Aston Villa star wants to see Celtic sign Ikechi Anya, even for £4m.

Anya has been linked with a move to Celtic this summer, and Stiliyan Petrov has told the Daily Record that it would be ‘quality’ if a deal could be agreed for him.

Petrov said: “He could make a big difference to Celtic because they haven’t had that type of player for a while now. He is a talent who could really lift the quality of the team. If it is correct that Watford are looking for £4m for him then rather than say it’s too much I would go the other way and say that in today’s market it is not a lot of money for a player of his quality.”

The Evening Times claimed that Celtic would have to stump up a £4 million fee to sign Anya, with Watford keen to hold onto a player who was important in them securing promotion to the Premier League.

He has just one year left on his contract, and for a 27-year-old who relies on his pace to succeed, the request value seems high. The Record suggested that the Bhoys were unwilling to match that fee, with £2 million as high as they will go as they look to add quality to their squad whilst not breaking their existing transfer structure.

However, Petrov goes against Celtic’s stance, believing that Anya is a player worth playing big money for, as he would vastly improve the current playing squad, who lack a player of his quality.

The Scottish international is fast and tricky when dribbling at players, and although his final ball could be worked upon, he has the versatility to play in many positions.

Last season, Anya made 35 for the Hornets as they won promotion to the top flight. He registered seven assists, playing one key pass per game and completing 0.9 dribbles per game. Usually selected as a wing-back, he also completed 1.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 0.8 clearances per game.

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