Long-serving Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer is set to see his transfer saga come to a close following an update from John Percy of The Telegraph.
Taking to Twitter, the respected football journalist confirmed that the Norway international is set to join Brentford for a club-record fee.
Twitter: #BrentfordFC are close to signing #Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer for around £13.5m, in what will be a record deal… https://t.co/rVvKqRCY6k (@JPercyTelegraph)
The newly promoted Bees have re-joined the top flight of English football for the first time since 1946, and will look to make their mark with the signing of Ajer as they compete in the modern Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.
Celtic are believed to have agreed a deal worth £13.5 million with an agreement over the fee and the structure of the deal reached yesterday.
Ajer has publicly agitated for a move away from Celtic and was said to be left enraged by the club’s rejection of bids from the likes of Norwich, Bayer Leverkusen as well as a previous offer from Brentford themselves.
Ajer has entered the final twelve months of his Celtic deal and would be eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with a non-Scottish club in January – leaving Celtic penniless in terms of any transfer proceeds.
In terms of a replacement, Celtic have lined up Sweden international Carl Starfelt, 26, to join the club for a €5 million fee.
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Considering the circumstances, the deal is a princely sum for a 23-year-old with time running out on his deal, plus a lack of proven experience in an elite European league.
Ajer’s quality, despite a record of occasional errors, is in no doubt however, and he does boast the luxury of Champions League football on his sporting CV.
Brentford will get a robust, physical defender with plenty of years ahead of him and thew potential to mature into a Premier League centre-back to remember.
With a replacement lined up and funds to spare, Celtic have concluded some impressive business surrounding the centre-half position.