Bari Got Liam Henderson From Celtic For a Price a Lot Lower Than You’d Expect

Bari Got Liam Henderson From Celtic For a Price a Lot Lower Than You’d Expect

Bari signed Liam Henderson from Celtic in the January transfer window for a price a lot lower than what you’d expect.

The Scottish midfielder made the surprising decision to sign for the Serie B side before the end of the January transfer window after finding it difficult to get regular game time under Brendan Rodgers.

Despite breaking into the Celtic team under Neil Lennon as an exciting prospect back in 2013, and doing well while out on loan at a few clubs, Henderson wasn’t able to get any more than the 37 appearances he made for his boyhood heroes.

So you can understand him leaving in January to find first team football on a regular basis.

But did anyone expect him to go to Bari in Italy? We certainly didn’t, but perhaps assumed that the Italians were able to give Celtic, and Henderson, the money that teams in Scotland weren’t.

That doesn’t seem to be the case though, with Bari sporting director Sean Sogliano revealing that Henderson cost them just £115,000 – down from the £1.7million they were initially quoted from Celtic last year.

Per, Henderson said: “Liam Henderson ‘s transfer was seven months in the making for us.

“We ended up signing him for only €130,000. Last year we were told he would cost €2million.

“There were also a number of clubs who wanted to sign him too, like Preston North End for example.

“The turning point for us was knowing his contract was going to expire at the end of the season and we knew his value would diminish.

“He has signed a two-and-a-half year deal and we also have a renewal option. It’s a very good piece of business.”

If you’re a Hibs fan, surely you’re a little frustrated that your club weren’t able to register an interest in Henderson when he was available for that price.

The midfielder was a Scottish Cup and promotion-winning hero for the Hibees while on loan there in the 2015/16 season and is still a favourite among the fans.

But he’s a Bari player now and it will be interesting to see how he develops during his time over there.


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