Celtic could lose midfielder Olivier Ntcham – but gain Chancel Mbemba.
Celtic have made three signings already this month, and rumours now suggest that a big player may yet be on the way out this month.
The Bhoys have tied up deals for winger Oliver Burke as well as strikers Timothy Weah and Vakoun Issouf Bayo, bolstering Brendan Rodgers’ attacking options.
Now, midfielder Olivier Ntcham is again being linked with a move away, as Portuguese giants Porto are again being linked with a move having wanted the Frenchman over the summer.
This time, The Scottish Sun claim that Porto may offer £14million for Ntcham, and may even throw in defender Chancel Mbemba in a part-exchange deal, presumably with the fee being reduced.
Ntcham, 22, has impressed for Celtic since his 2017 move from Manchester City, but his performance this season have been a little patchy at times.
Celtic may now have a big decision to make, as whilst they would lose a key midfielder, they would also gain a player in a real problem area; centre back.
Mbemba has struggled for playing time with Porto since his summer move from Newcastle United, with Brendan Rodgers potentially keen to rescue him.
Celtic fans have been taking to Twitter to react to the rumour, and many are quite excited about this potential deal, with some even saying they’ll drive Ntcham to the airport or give him a piggyback to Portugal.
Some think Ntcham is too inconsistent, and the chance to land an international defender as well as a stack of cash is just too good to turn down this month.
14 mil plus mbemba for ntcham.. yes please—(@AaronMcEwan19) January 15, 2019
If rumours are to be believed £14M plus a guy who loved to Porto for £8M in Mbemba who Rodgers was chasing last year. Snatch the hand off ye for that. Guy doesn’t want to be here either imo. Which is weird because he has just signed a new contract.— Danny McShane (@dannymcshane_) January 15, 2019
If true (big if) we would be mad not to take Porto’s offer of £14m + Chancel Mbemba for Olivier Ntcham.— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) January 14, 2019
No way are Porto offering 14m plus Mbemba? Good player on his day and still young but Christ I’d give him a piggy back to Portugal for that offer!— John O’Donnell (@Johnodonnell_88) January 15, 2019
Class business if this happens for a player who’s hardly featured this season. Decent player in Mbemba also https://t.co/TNPbngrHKv— D.G (@DavidGillespiex) January 15, 2019
If the rumours are true about Porto offering 14 million plus Chancel Mbemba, i’ll drive him to the airport and make sure he gets there safely. Ntcham started well at celtic but not seen interest lately— Zack Lister (@zacklister67) January 15, 2019
£14m + Mbemba for Ntcham…Take it!!— Collette (@colletteb89) January 15, 2019
Mbemba a monster of a centre half plus 14 million, cheers for the winner in September Olivier been some buzz x https://t.co/ZUAjyBlXsE— Kieran Byrnes (@KByrnes95) January 14, 2019
£14m + Mbemba sounds like a decent deal. Ntcham on his day is outstanding but doesn’t have those days anywhere near often enough.— Jamie (@Jamie67_) January 14, 2019