Celtic are reportedly keen on signing FC St. Pauli defender Halstenberg.
Speaking to the Daily Record, St. Pauli boss Ewald Lienen has dealt a blow to Celtic in their race to sign Marcel Halstenberg, by admitting that any club will have to pay a large transfer fee to sign him.
The coach said: “He is a super-important player in our defensive set-up. Therefore, it is clear that we want to keep him. If any club wants to take such a player from us, they must go suitably into pockets.”
Whilst not ruling out a transfer, Lienen certainly wants to keep ahold of him, and Halstenberg will not be a cheap transfer.
A left-back, Halstenberg started his career at Hannover, moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2011, before signing with current club St. Pauli in the summer of 2013.
Since then he has established himself in the first-team of the so-called ‘Punk Football Club’, making 20 appearances in the 2014/15 season, scoring three goals and registering one assist.
He is also a versatile player, with an ability to play in both the centre of defence, as well as in holding midfield, and this is said to be one of the reasons Celtic are targeting him.
The Scottish champions may be able to offer him the Champions League, and a higher level of football than relegation fights in the German second tier, but Lienen is certainly not going to let Halstenberg leave for cheap.