Celtic are reportedly going to be offered £14 million and Chancel Mbemba for Olivier Ntcham this month.
It has been reported by The Scottish Sun that Celtic are set to receive a bid of £14 million for Olivier Ntcham from Porto, with the Portuguese side also prepared to include Chancel Mbemba in the offer.
Before the January window opened, keeping Ntcham would have been one of Brendan Rodgers’ top priorities. He has been a revelation since joining for £4.5 million (via Scottish Sun), and it is no surprise that the Scottish Premiership champions are getting serious offers for the Frenchman.
But while Rodgers may be keen to hold onto the former Manchester City youngster, perhaps Porto’s reported bid could be the kind of offer that Celtic should seriously consider accepting.
Ntcham is one of the best midfielders in the division on his day. However, the Parkhead faithful have arguably not seen the best of the 22-year-old enough this season.
Meanwhile, Mbemba could help Celtic address an important issue that Rodgers will have to consider sooner or later. Filip Benkovic is only on loan from Leicester City while questions continue to be asked about Dedryck Boyata’s future, so there could be a major void to fill at the heart of the defence.
Getting Mbemba therefore, and £14 million for a player who has been overshadowed by some of Celtic’s other midfielders this term appears to have the potential to be a good piece of business for the Hoops.
It is a risk to let Ntcham go midway through the season, but perhaps there may just be some Bhoys supporters who are in favour of the champions accepting this offer if it comes in.