Celtic are lined up for a £25M win on two signings, according to in-depth transfer analysts
LIEL ABADA has been strongly hinted to be leaving Parkhead this summer.
But despite being a big player under Ange Postecoglou, Celtic can expect to make a healthy profit on the Israel winger if they decide to sell him at the end of the season.
Abada’s former chairman of his previous club, Maccabi Petah Tikva, claimed the player canceled a new contract from the Hoops during this season.
His comments have fueled transfer talk over the hot prospect who has three years left on his current contract at Glasgow.
Starting places in the Celtic starting XI this season have been hard to come by for Abada this season, with Daizen Maeda, Jota and Kyogo Furuhashi being the preferred top three for Postecoglou in recent months.
But he’s still a key player for the Hoops, having missed just two games all season – the 3-1 loss to RB Leipzig in the Champions League and the 2-0 win over Ross County over the weekend.
However, Celtic could benefit from Abada in the summer and Southampton are reportedly keen on doing business for him.
And the Hoops can expect big bucks for the 21-year-old.
The CIES football Observatory used a statistical model called multiple linear regression (MLR) to determine the estimated transfer values of the top 100 players under the age of 23 outside the five major European leagues.
The rating looks at players from an economic perspective and uses variables such as contract length, age and nationality to rank them.
After the criteria are taken into account, Abada’s estimated worth is £17million, which puts him 36th on the list.
He’s a long way from Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos, who tops the pile at £70m, but the majority of the stars at the top currently play in the Portuguese and Dutch leagues.
Abada isn’t the only Celtic player to make the list, however, as Matt O’Riley isn’t far behind with an estimate of £13m based on CIES criteria.
The midfielder is another player who has strayed into Postecoglou’s squad in recent weeks, despite his starring role in skipper Callum McGregor’s absence earlier in the season.
O’Riley has previously been linked with a departure from Parkhead since joining from MK Dons during last January’s transfer window.
He was signed in a cheap deal worth around £1.5m while the Scottish giants spent £3.5m on Abada.
The valuable assets could fetch around £30million if Celtic decide to sell them, according to the CIES report.
If those charges are correct, the Hoops could see a profit of around £25million on the pair.
However, Postecoglou has kept a low profile on Abada’s future in recent weeks, dropping all claims of the player forcing his way out of Parkhead.
Speaking about the player’s situation earlier this week, he said: “Liel is very happy here and there is nothing that has shown me that he wants to go anywhere. He just wants to be the best he can be.
“He’s working hard at it and he’s been fantastic since he came to us.
“Sometimes others like to speak for others, but I prefer to speak to the person himself and get first-hand information.
“At the moment, Liel feels very comfortable here. Players have their future in their own hands. It’s about what they want to do.
“Some of them are at different stages in their lives and have different ambitions.
“I have no problem with that, it’s not about being reckless or harsh on them. It’s about understanding their needs and their wants.
“That’s fine, we’re moving on and they’re moving on to better things. That’s how I treat every case.”
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