Celtic expect Matt O’Riley exit amid Chelsea, Newcastle United, West Ham United links

Scottish champions Celtic reportedly expect Matt O’Riley to embark on a new adventure in the summer transfer window.

According to a report by Football Insider, Matt O’Riley might have played his final game for Celtic. The Scottish champions expect the 25-year-old versatile midfielder to leave in the summer transfer window. Chelsea, Newcastle United, and West Ham United are keen on signing him, with Celtic demanding around £25-30 million to part ways with him.

Matt O’Riley and his rise at Celtic

Matt O’Riley has established himself as a pivotal figure for Celtic since arriving from MK Dons in January 2022. The London-born versatile midfielder did not take long to establish a foothold in the first-team squad, almost immediately showcasing his abilities at Parkhead.

The 25-year-old was exceptional in the 2023/24 season, contributing to 37 goals in 49 outings across all competitions by finding the back of the net 19 times and providing 18 assists. Meanwhile, O’Riley has picked Denmark as his national side after failing to break into England’s senior team. His progress has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of high-profile Premier League clubs like Chelsea, Newcastle United, and West Ham United.

A man in demand

Chelsea recently completed the move for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. So, it is unclear how O’Riley fits into the scheme of things at Stamford Bridge unless the Blues offload a few midfielders. As for Newcastle United, they have parted ways with Elliot Anderson, who has joined Nottingham Forest.

In addition, Sean Longstaff faces an uncertain future at St. James’ Park, even though the Magpies do not need to balance their books anymore. Nevertheless, Matt O’Riley is a viable target for Newcastle United. Meanwhile, West Ham United’s interest in the Celtic midfielder is understandable.

Tomas Soucek has experienced a dip in his performance levels. In addition, West Ham did not complete a permanent move for Kalvin Phillips. So, the Celtic midfielder is an option worth considering. Meanwhile, the Scottish champions expect the versatile 25-year-old midfielder to leave in the summer transfer window.

Celtic will demand around £25-30 million to part ways with O’Riley in the summer transfer window. With the Danish international having an affordable price tag, we might see Chelsea, Newcastle United, and West Ham United launch the offensive for his signature.

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