Are Celtic wasting their time over Richmond Boakye?

A general view as rain falls prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and AFC Ajax at Celtic Park on November 26, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Celtic and Chelsea reportedly want Red Star Belgrade forward Richmond Boakye.

Richmond Boakye #99 with his team-mates of Atalanta BC celebrates the second goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Atalanta BC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on February 8,...

Richmond Boakye is a very good forward, and one can understand why Celtic are (reportedly) interested in signing the Red Star Belgrade star in the January transfer window.

The Daily Mail has claimed that Scottish Premiership giants Celtic are monitoring the 24-year-old, who is also playing in the Europa League this season.

The Ghana international, though, is also on the radar of Chelsea, Swansea City and Crystal Palace, according to The Daily Mail.

Cologne's Danish defender Frederik Soerensen and Belgrade´s Ghanean forward Richmond Boakye vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group H football match between FC Cologne and FC...

In fact, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte knows the forward from their days at Italian giants Juventus.

The Sun has claimed that Boakye is rated at £10 million, and one suspects that his price will rise if he continues to score goals between now and January.

Celtic are a massive club and have a strong following, but the lure of playing for Chelsea could be too tempting for Boakye.

Richmond Boakye Yiadom (L) of Atalanta celebrates after scoring his match goal  during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and Parma FC at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on October 19,...

After all, the forward would be playing in the most popular domestic league in the world and could also be fighting for the Champions League.

Moreover, Chelsea are financially superior to Celtic, who would not be able to pay the 24-year-old the kind of wages that the Blues could.

It would be better for Celtic if they look elsewhere for a forward, as chasing Boakye could be an exercise in futility.

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