As has been the case since last January though, the story is full of “ifs buts and maybes” with the Serie A giants said to be targeting a host of defenders.
Speaking on international duty, the 22-year old seemed happy that the window has now shut and he can concentrate on getting back to business with his club side despite looking as though he was on his way at one point, starting with a pivotal derby on Saturday:
“Clearly there was a lot of interest but I have huge respect for the club I’m at.
“I have a year and a half left on my contract and the club has given me an incredible amount.
“I came to the club as an attacking midfielder and I’ve gone on to play 150 games, and play for a club that means so much to so many.
“I haven’t rushed to move on. This is a really important season for the club and I’m looking forward to it.”
Neil Lennon was always hoping to keep his key players at the club and Ajer is certainly one of them, however, as the Norwegian himself says, he has just a year and a half left of his contract to run, and with every passing month that he doesn’t sign a new deal his value depreciates.
Should Celtic have sold Ajer?
Ajer is hugely experienced for such a young player, particularly in his position, and given that Celtic paid little more than a development fee to bring him from Norway as a fresh faced 17-year old, it’s safe to say that when he does leave, he will have been a “Ronnie roaring” success – sorry.