Greg Taylor, a Celtic defender, has spoken out about the prospect of Southampton winger Mohamed Elyounoussi making his loan transfer permanent in the future.
The Norwegian international’s second loan spell in Glasgow is coming to an end. In 40 games this season, he has 15 goals and six assists, with his best performances coming against Lille and Motherwell at the end of 2020.
According to sources, the Saints are considering selling Elyounoussi this summer in order to raise their transition finances, with Ralph Hasenhuttl keen to assess the 26-year-old before reaching a decision.
Taylor told the Daily Record that the Celtic dressing room would be satisfied if Elyounoussi stayed at Parkhead indefinitely. He said, “
“You need to ask Moi and the board what is going to happen. It is certainly not a decision for me.
“But we, obviously, always want to always keep our players. If there is an opportunity further down the line for him to stay at the club, then I’m sure the boys would be happy with that. Moi is a talented boy.
“You don’t move for the money he has in his career without being so talented.”
Elyounoussi’s Transfermarkt value is £10.8 million, and his contract with St Mary’s has more than two years left on it. However, according to sources from February, his price tag could drop to just £5 million this summer.
If that’s the case, we think a long-term contract with the Hoops is a no-brainer. Elyounoussi has shown his versatility and consistency at Parkhead in what has been a frustrating season for the club. He can play on the left, behind the striker, or as a centre-forward.
In all competitions, he has averaged a goal or assist per 101 minutes, giving him a total of 62 starts, 22 goals, and 12 assists for Celtic.
At 26, Elyounoussi seems to be nearing the peak of his career, so if a £5 million offer can be made, it would be a good idea to sign him on a long-term deal, particularly because his colleagues seem to be on equal ground.