Celtic must break the bank to re-sign playmaker Ki Sung-Yueng in the summer transfer window after it was reported that a quarter of all Premier League clubs want to snap him up.
Ki’s deal at Swansea is due to expire at the end of June and that has sparked a major race for his signature with Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solkehol claiming on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that Everton are among five Premier League teams eyeing up the South Korea international.
AC Milan are also said to be interested in the former Celtic star, but Brendan Rodgers must try and make a move for him in the summer in a bid to make a major improvement to his side.
Many Hoops fans may see the midfield being one of the strong areas of the squad, but with Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic’s future hanging in the balance, there’s every chance that Rodgers will have to sign up one or two midfielders.
Ki would be available for free but would probably demand big wages for Scottish football.
The draw of Champions League football, a return to his former club and guaranteed silverware will be a major advantage for Celtic over someone like Everton in trying to sign Ki, who according to the Daily Star is earning £36,000-a-week at Swansea.
Players like Moussa Dembele could be off so that will surely give Rodgers some money to play around with in the summer to make vast improvements.
Ki would definitely be an upgrade on existing options and the Bhoys must at least try to make a move for him when his deal expires.
In other Celtic news, a BBC pundit has called on Rangers to beat the Hoops to their £5million-rated summer target.