With Premier League clubs smashing their transfer records with reckless abandon, sometimes even twice or three times within the same madcap window, the financial gulf between England and Scotland has never been more pronounced.
Champions Celtic have not broken their transfer record since they brought in a strapping Welsh striker by the name of John Hartson from Coventry City for £6 million – all the way back in 2001, as reported by the BBC.
Manager Brendan Rodgers, however, is not afraid to buck the trend. He stated that Celtic were willing to pay far more to sign Patrick Roberts on a permanent basis from Manchester City in the summer, via the Daily Record, only to be forced to settle for a season-long loan instead.
Rodgers, however, may get the chance to make history at Celtic in January. Because The Mail is reporting that they are running the rule over prolific Partizan Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye – a player GhanaSoccerNet claims is valued at around £10 million.
The question immediately on the lips of Celtic supporters will be whether Boakye is worth such a huge fee. Considering that he has 27 goals in 36 games for Partizan since moving in January, initially on loan and eventually on a permanent basis, it’s no surprise the 24-year-old has piqued plenty of interest, including from Crystal Palace, Swansea City and even Chelsea.
In fact, Boakye makes the goal tallies of Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths look modest. He’s scored 30 times in 2017 alone for club and country, equal with a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
Furthermore, at the age of 24, Boakye should only improve. Celtic should think of the £10 million fee as an investment, then, one they could double or triple within a few years.
Rodgers is fully aware that Celtic need to buy low and sell high to survive and, although Boakye is far from cheap, a similar impact to Dembele will surely have clubs south or the border willing to hand The Hoops a significant profit.