According to the Evening Telegraph, Pavol Safranko looked set to become the main prize in a transfer battle between Aberdeen and Dundee United. Their report claimed the Dons were interested in the Slovakian, whilst United wanted to make his Tayside stay a permanent one.
Recent news probably means neither of those moves are going to happen. The Evening Telegraph have now reported that Safranko’s parent club Aalborg want £800,000 for him.
This is a staggering fee. It most likely means that no Scottish club will be in for him.
Is Safranko even worth £800k?
For any team in this country outwith Celtic and Rangers, £800k is a massive amount. No club can financially afford to throw such large sums at a player these days. For Aalborg to even reasonably demand that amount is silly.
Safranko was decent for the Tangerines, but was he £800k decent? No.
He scored 12 Championship goals from 33 appearances, 31 of those starts. He finished joint-fourth top scorer in the league. There are still doubt over whether he could make the jump from Championship to Premiership.
Would he do well? Probably, but he’s untested, so naturally Safranko comes with an element of risk.
Some of the best players in the Premiership don’t even go for such high fees. The Slovakian hasn’t even touched the Scottish top flight and his price is being touted at nearly a seven figure fee. It just doesn’t make sense.
If that’s what Aalborg want though, then fair enough. They’re entitled to ask for what they want. However, at that price, SPFL clubs aren’t likely to go near Safranko.