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REAL MADRID NOW LEAD RACE TO SIGN £21M TEN HAG PRIMARY TARGET, CELTIC SET TO RECEIVE MILLIONS

Celtic are expected to get millions as Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Erik ten Hag compete for Jeremie Frimpong's signature.

According to Florian Plettenburg of Sky Germany, Manchester United is expected to hold negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen about signing the Netherlands international following the World Cup.

However, according to Defensa Central in Spain, Real Madrid is now dominating the battle to recruit Frimpong, as Xabi Alonso, a former Real Madrid player, now coaches the Bundesliga club.

Manchester United, according to Defensa Central, is also interested in the 21-year-old, who the Spanish news outlet believes is worth €25 million (£21 million).

When selling Frimpong to Bayer Leverkusen in January 2021, Celtic included a “substantial” sell-on clause, according to Football Scotland.

As a result, Ange Postecoglou’s transfer budget could be boosted if the Dutchman ends up joining Real Madrid, Manchester United, or Juventus for £21 million.

According to Defensa Central, Real Madrid has given up on signing Reece James from Chelsea, which is why they are now planning a move for Frimpong.

This season, the right-back has taken his game to new heights, making a significant influence in the attacking third with five goals and three assists in 21 games.

CELTIC WILL AIM FOR REAL MADRID AND MANCHESTER UNITED IN THE BIDDING WAR

The best-case scenario for Celtic is that Real Madrid and Manchester United compete for Frimpong.

Celtic will gain additional profits from the sale if more money is involved, given they have a hefty sell-on clause.

The likelihood of such a bidding battle occurring increases if Louis van Gaal begins to deploy Frimpong in the World Cup, which he has yet to do in Qatar.

Frimpong should be given a chance to flourish in the Round of 16; if he does, Celtic could wind up receiving a substantial piece of a £30 million-plus deal, but only time will tell.

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