Celtic midfielder Ben Doak’s departure has all but been confirmed after the 16-year-old reached an agreement in principle with Liverpool.
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That’s according to a report from Football Insider, which claims that sources close to the Reds have revealed that the teenager has now agreed a deal with the Premier League side ahead of his well-informed move from Parkhead to Anfield.
The report goes on to state that Jurgen Klopp’s side will pay Celtic around £600k in compensation for the attack-minded midfielder, who made his first-team debut for the Bhoys against Dundee United earlier this year.
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Bad news for Celta
Considering how high hopes were pinned on Doak in Glasgow, the news that the Scotland Under-17 international appears to be confirmed in the near future is undoubtedly bad news for Ange Postecoglou and her Celtic side.
Speaking about the youngster’s move south of the border, finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley recently explained to Football Insider that due to FIFA regulations, the Bhoys are always at risk of losing their most promising talents to English sides.
Plumley said: “It’s largely due to FIFA regulations. England and Scotland are classified as different countries and may set a clearing fee that is much lower than a transfer fee.
“Celtic does this in reverse as well, so you have to account for that in this model. The player has the option of staying at Celtic and becoming a £20m+ player or going ahead and doing the same at another club.
“Celtic must be aware that the big clubs will look at their players and are well placed to capitalise. For each [Kieran] Tierney that you manage to keep and sell for a hefty fee, you might have a few of these on the way.”
In fact, Doak seemed to be heading down the same path as Tierney in 2015, when the left-back made his Celtic debut as a 17-year-old against Dundee FC, with the defender bursting onto the scene before eventually sealing it off. a £25m move to Arsenal four years later.
However, while Doak, whom Bhoys Analytics called “generational talent– took his Celtic bow earlier this year, it now looks like the midfielder will make his move to the Premier League long before his predecessor as the Hoops’ next big thing.
As such, it’s clear to all to see why the 16-year-old’s departure is bad news for the Premiership leaders, as Celtic will not only lose a potentially huge transfer fee later on, but also the services of a youngster. exceptionally talented playmaker during its development.
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