Celtic triple-title winning defender set for £13.5m Brentford switch

Celtic triple-title winning defender set for £13.5m Brentford switch

Brentford are reportedly poised to sign Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer for £13.5m after completing a medical at the club.

The final details of the deal are being negotiated, according to Sky Sports. The 23-year-old is set to leave Celtic Park after a five-year stay which saw him win three Premiership titles.

The Norway international has been attracting interest for some time now, being named in the 2018/19 Scottish Premiership team of the year.

Speculation of an exit grew increasingly louder when Ajer was left out of Celtic’s first pre-season game of the summer at the weekend.

He is set to miss Tuesday night’s Champions League qualifier with Danes FC Midtjylland, too.

The news of his imminent transfer to Brentford comes as a blow to Newcastle United. The Magpies were in pursuit of the defender as it became clear his time in Glasgow was coming to an end.

In all, Ajer has played 176 times for Celtic, scoring and assisting seven times apiece.


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Frank Onyeka Diogo Jota

The Bees have been busy preparing for life in the Premier League already this off-season. The club has named midfielder Frank Onyeka from FC Midtjylland as their first signing of the summer.

A deal for the 23-year-old has agreed to join Brentford earlier in July before he landed in the UK on Friday. He signs a deal that will keep him at the Brentford Community Stadium until 2026.

Onyeka will now complete the mandatory Covid-19 quarantine period before joining up with the rest of the squad.

The African talent came through the ranks at FC Midtjylland, eventually tallying 123 appearances for the club. He won two Danish titles since breaking into the first team in 2017.

 

Onyeka played 41 games last season, six of which came in the Champions League. He started all of those matches, including the two against Liverpool.

In total, he scored four times and provided four assists last term as his side came runners-up in the Superliga.

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