Another day and another club has steamed into the race to sign Richmond Boakye.
According to Belgian publication DH, an Everton side desperate for a prolific goalscorer have unsurprisingly identified one of the most in-form forwards in Europe as a primary target in the January transfer window.
Boakye has been simply unstoppable since moving to Red Star Belgrade in January from Serie B side Latina. He has tallied 43 goals for club and country in 2017 and has 25 in 27 games this season alone.
The Mail reported in October, however, that Everton will be facing competition from Swansea City, Crystal Palace and even Premier League champions Chelsea. The former Juventus prospect even told Tuttomercatoweb at the weekend that he would be open to working with Antonio Conte again.
The chances of Celtic luring the Ghanaian international to Parkhead in January, then, appear to be diminishing all the time. The Mail added that Celtic are interested and it appears that strikers are indeed on the club’s New Year wishlist.
But with a chance to move to the Premier League offering Boakye greater exposure and, more than likely, a greater pay-packet, Boakye should be aware that first-team football would be far from guaranteed at the likes of Chelsea.
And the step up from Serbia’s top flight to the Premier League is obviously quite substantial. So, while Celtic fans may take issue to their club being seen as a stepping stone, Rodgers himself admitted that the Scottish champions can provide a platform for unproven talents to show that they belong at a higher level, per the Daily Record.
Victor Wanyama, Virgil van Dijk and, most recently, Moussa Dembele, arrived at Parkhead from a lesser league and impressed to such an extent that a big move to the Premier League seemed inevitable.
Boakye, then, should perhaps bide his time and choose Celtic instead – where he will get the chance to prove he is a perfect fit for the British game.