Report: Celtic battle Chelsea for Richmond Boakye after stunning 2017

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian at Celtic Park Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Prolific Partizan Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye is a man in demand with Celtic, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Swansea City all keen.

Crvena Zvezda's forward Richmond Boakye (R) shoots the ball past Bate's defender Denis Polyakov during the UEFA Europa League match between FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd and Bate Borisov at the...

You don’t score 30 goals in a calendar year without earning plenty of admiration from across the footballing world. According to The Mail, Richmond Boakye’s electric form in 2017 has earned him no shortage of admirers.

The report claims that Chelsea will send scouts to watch the Ghana striker in action for Partizan Belgrade against Arsenal in the Europa League next week at the demand of manager Antonio Conte- who was in charge of Juventus while Boakye was earning rave reviews in the Serie A giant’s reserve team.

And the Mail adds that Crystal Palace, Swansea City and Scottish champions Celtic are also running the rule over the 24-year-old.

Crvena Zvezda's forward Richmond Boakye (L) vies with Bate's defender Denis Polyakov during the UEFA Europa League match between FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd and Bate Borisov at the Rajko...

Boakye only joined Partizan on a permanent basis in the summer after an impressive loan spell in the second half of 2016/17. The 6ft 1ins forward moved to Serbia on a free after his parent club, Serie B side Latina, went bankrupt and were forced to start again in the regional leagues.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated that the Glasgow giants would scour some of the world’s more unexplored markets for under-the-radar talent and Boakye certainly falls into that category.

The striker has had eight different clubs since making his senior debut with Genoa in 2010 but has found a home in Belgrade. He scored 16 goals in just 19 games in the second half of last season and has a further 11 in 17 in 2017/18.

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,...

Boakye has also scored six in 12 for Ghana. A potential problem for Celtic, however, is that GhanaSoccerNet claims Partizan would demand £10 million.

However, Rodgers has indicated in the past that Celtic would be willing to break their transfer record, which currently stands at £6 million, for the right player, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

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