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Report details European striker linked to Celtic

Danish website Tipsbladet has given a very detailed view of Celtic’s alleged interest in Mathias Kvistgaarden.

The Brondby striker was linked with a move to Celtic in the summer but that positioned was largely untouched although there are claims that Luis Palma can play through the centre.

Kyogo Furuhashi has been injury free this season, scoring eight times with two goals in the Champions League and the priceless strike at Ibrox that gave Brendan Rodgers breathing space- and the beginning of the end for Micky Beale.

In January Kyogo and his deputy, Oh Hyeon-gyu, are expected to be fully involved in the Asian Cup which effectively wipes out Celtic’s striking options.

There seems to be little alternative but to go into the transfer market, Kvistgaarden has been linked this week with Tipsbladet in contact with his agent, former Danish internationalist Ebbe Sand.

Tipsbladet reports:

Kvistgaarden is interesting

According to Tipsbladet’s information, the fact that Brøndby is interested in strikers is primarily linked to Mathias Kvistgaarden being snuffed out again by several foreign clubs.

Brondby IF has a stated mission to sell the best players more expensively, which also meant that they were nowhere near wanting to sell the forward to Celtic this summer.

But this autumn, the bait on the hook that has been thrown out into the big transfer sea is being nibbled again, and the forward must be interesting in several places.

Earlier in the autumn, Kvistgaarden was linked with the MLS team New York Red Bulls, which, as the club name and logo more than suggest, is part of Red Bull’s football venture with the clubs in Leipzig, Salzburg and Bragança Paulista immediately outside São Paulo.

  • He is a player that many clubs follow closely. He has developed super well and is a regular in Brøndby and on the U21 national team. It is clear that he is also interesting because of his age, Kvistgaarden’s agent Ebbe Sand told Tipsbladet in October.

According to Tipsbladet’s information, it is clubs in the larger Western European leagues such as the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Premier League that are primarily interested in Kvistgaarden’s ongoing and energetic style both on and off the ball.

However, there is still some way to go from this interest to an offer actually being made that arouses Brøndby’s interest.

And although strikers are notoriously interesting and are probably the position on the pitch where clubs are the quickest to pull the trigger and can therefore also conceivably offer big money in a January window, it is also an indisputable fact that most major deals happens in summer.

Concretely, the traditional club Celtic must also continue to be interested in Kvistgaarden with the prospect that in 2024 Celtic will bring in one or more new players for the offensive.

Whether anyone will approach the ten million euros (approximately DKK 75 million) that Brøndby has priced the attractive forward at, or whether interested clubs can ultimately find a compromise between the approximately DKK 40 million offered this summer and the price tag, we will probably only get to see until January, when foreign clubs with the wallet in good condition and Brøndby IF know their exact situation for the second half of the season.

21-year-old Mathias Kvistgaarden has played in Brøndby IF since he was 13 years old, and has scored 19 goals in 76 senior games for the club, of which 11 goals have come this year.

At 10m euros, just under £9m, Kvistgaarden would be the second most expensive signing in Celtic’s history, after Odsonne Edouard Chris Jullien at £7m is the second most expensive arrival, just ahead of Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers.

As Mark Lawwell profiles strikers it is difficult to see Celtic spending that sort of figure unless the unthinkable was to happen with Kyogo being sold after two and a half seasons in Scotland.

CLICK HERE for Transfermarkt profile with five goals and five assists from 15 matches.

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