Celtic 'set' Matt O'Riley transfer starting price for Atletico Madrid as valuation skyrockets

Celtic 'set' Matt O'Riley transfer starting price for Atletico Madrid as valuation skyrockets

Celtic are reportedly "open" to negotiations over a sale of Matt O'Riley to Atletico Madrid this summer.

But the La Liga heavyweights have been warned that they must stump up more than their offer in January to land the 23-year-old this summer. The Scottish Premiership champions were approached by Atletico about a move deal for O'Riley in January but rebuffed interest with a focus on the end of season run-in - but the Spanish giants are said to still hold an interest in the Celtic star this summer.

Mundo Deportivo report that following on from their January interest, O'Riley and Feyenoord star Matts Wieffer are "on the agenda" again this summer. It is claimed that the offer put on the table to the Parkhead side was €20miillion (£17million) and that Celtic did not want to lose a "key piece of their team unless the offer was high, which it was not."

The Hoops' have reportedly told Atletico that any sale will only be green lit if they increase the offer this summer. O'Riley is said to have first caught the eye of Diego Simeone during their Champions League group stage clash with the Hoops last season - and the boss has remained an admirer since.

Atletico are also said to still be in talks with Feyenoord over a deal to sign Wieffer. It is noted that the club are likely to only sign one of O'Riley and the Dutch international.

O'Riley netted 19 goals and contributed 18 assists across all competitions last season - and his valuation has soared in recent months with Transfermarkt suggesting that O'Riley is now the most valuable player EVER to play in the Premiership despite missing out on the European championships. O'Riley's standout performances both domestically and in the Champions League have seen the midfielder's current market value rise to €20million - but Celtic appear to want even more for their key man.