Celtic’s latest bid for Scott Sinclair has been rejected by Aston Villa.
The Scotsman reports that the Glasgow-based club have been told that the England winger will not be sold for less than £5m. The Scottish champions have so far bid £1m, £2m and £2.2m before the last offer of £2.75m was turned down.
There is no indication whether Celtic, who celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Lisbon Champions Cup triumph this season, will return again. Whilst obviously keen on the player, the offers are significantly below Villa’s valuation with the size of the disparity such that further interest may be quelled.
Sinclair knows new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers well, having played at Swansea City during the Northern Irishman’s time in South Wales. It was that form which earned the player a move to Manchester City and eventually on to Villa Park.
A peripheral figure during last season’s relegation, Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo is not making public moves to retain the winger’s services and a departure from the West Midlands seems inevitable.