Celtic look set to miss out on a move for Ryan Fraser despite offering the Bournemouth winger a chance to become the highest-paid player at Parkhead, according to ReadCeltic.
It speaks volumes about the current state of the transfer market that, despite having a season to forget in 2019/20, this Scotland international is still spoilt for choice as he weighs up his options.
Fraser will become a free-agent when his contract expires next week.
And with almost every team in Europe forced to keep the purse-strings tightly drawn during an era of unprecedented financial uncertainty, Fraser’s impending availability has made him a man in high demand.
Arsenal, Everton, Crystal Palace, Watford and Newcastle have all been linked.
According to ReadCeltic, the jet-heeled wideman has also held talks over a potential move to a Tottenham Hotspur side who will have to box clever in the market with the money drying up and a space-age new stadium to pay for.
Any hopes Celtic had of luring a former Aberdeen starlet back to Scotland, however, appear to have gone up in smoke already.
Reports from Glasgow say that the newly-crowned champions offered Fraser, who earns £27,000-a-week at Bournemouth, the chance to become the best-paid player in Neil Lennon’s squad.
But while the chance to make history at a Celtic side just 11 months away from a tenth successive Premiership title would undoubtedly appeal, it seems that Fraser still has unfinished business in the Premier League.
For all the European football, the guaranteed silverware, it seems that Celtic will once again struggle to attract established, top-flight stars to Parkhead.