By Derek Smithson
Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic is being eyed by a number of top-flight clubs this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that Premier League trio Newcastle, Huddersfield and Burnley are all interested in the 22-year-old, while Russian champions Spartak Moscow have also been monitoring his progress in recent months.
It is understood that the £8million-rated centre-back would be interested in a move to the Premier League.
Simunovic’s agent, Zoran Krneta, has revealed that no offers have been made for the Croatia Under-21 international and is set to stay with the Scottish champions as it stands.
Simunvoic enjoyed a brilliant season under Brendan Rodgers last year and helped them win a domestic treble as they went unbeaten throughout.
The powerful defender made 33 appearances across all competitions and is regarded as the first-choice centre-back option.
He linked up well with teammates Erik Sviatchenko and Derrick Boyata during the campaign, helping Celtic keep a resilient backline.
Football Insider verdict:
Celtic should certainly turn down all approaches for the defender in the summer and convince him to stay in Scotland. He was one of the club’s unsung heroes last campaign and is a very reliable figure in the backline. The Croatian is still under contract until 2020 and can play a major role for the club going forward if he stays. Rodgers needs to keep the core of his team if they are to make progress in Europe next season and then bring in extra additions to supplement the squad. Simunovic still has most of his career ahead of him at the age of 22 and a move to the Premier League could most definitely be on the cards in the future, but for now he should remain an important part of Celtic’s project.
In other Celtic transfer news, they have had a seven-figure bid accepted for an assist king.