Reading may be forced to sell Michael Olise due to financial pressures facing the Championship club but, according to the Reading Chronicle, the Celtic target won’t be leaving on the cheap.
While Mark Bowen’s Royals might have pulled away from the peasants to secure their place in the second tier after a dismal start to the season, this summer presents even more challenges.
With almost every club in the Championship under pressure to raise funds during a financial crisis of unprecedented proportions, the Reading team that kicks off 2020/21 could be missing a few familiar faces.
Star playmaker John Swift is a target for Premier League trio Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Leeds. A permanent deal for Liverpool loanee Ovie Ejaria is in doubt too.
England youth star Danny Loader has already departed, his contract expiring in June.
Celtic’s recruitment chief, Nicky Hammond, has been a big fan of Olise for some time now.
And reports coming out of Berkshire suggest that, while Reading won’t sell one of their prized assets for a reduced fee, they will be forced to consider any substantial offers that come their way.
A technically gifted, forward-thinking ‘number eight’ renowned for his piercing passes and fine dribbling skills, could Olise be a long-term replacement for the eternally exit-linked Olivier Ntcham at Celtic?