Chelsea, Newcastle United, West Ham United vying for Matt O’Riley

Chelsea, Newcastle United, and West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley, who will cost around £25 million this summer.

According to a report by Football Insider, Matt O’Riley might be bracing himself for a move to the Premier League in the summer transfer window. Chelsea, Newcastle United, and West Ham United are vying for the signature of the 23-year-old Celtic midfielder, with the Scottish champions valuing him at around £25 million.

The rise of Matt O’Riley at Celtic

Matt O’Riley has established himself as a pivotal figure for Celtic since arriving from MK Dons in January 2022. A graduate of the youth division at Fulham, he spent over a decade at the West London club and represented England in age-group football at the international level.

The 23-year-old has gone from strength to strength in the last two and a half years and was exceptional in the 2023/24 season. O’Riley contributed to 37 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions by finding the back of the net 19 times while providing 18 assists. Meanwhile, the player’s progress has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of well-known clubs like Chelsea, Newcastle United, and West Ham United.

Premier League move in the pipeline?

Chelsea can do with a midfielder in the summer transfer window amid uncertainties surrounding the long-term future of Conor Gallagher. While the Englishman does not want to leave Chelsea anytime soon, the West London club might cash in on him. So, it behoves the Blues to consider a replacement, with O’Riley emerging as a viable target.

As for Newcastle United, they have already sold Elliot Anderson to Nottingham Forest to steer clear of flouting the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules. In addition, Sean Longstaff faces an uncertain future at St. James’ Park. So, Matt O’Riley is an option worth considering for Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, West Ham’s interest in the Danish international is understandable. The Hammers have been scouring the market for a midfielder heading into the summer transfer window. And the Celtic midfielder is a viable target, with the Scottish champions demanding around £25 million to part ways with him.

Considering O’Riley’s productivity, £25 million might be a bargain price to secure his services in the summer transfer window. It will be interesting to see where the 23-year-old Celtic midfielder plies his trade amid the links with Chelsea, Newcastle United, and West Ham United.

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