Manager confirms why move for Celtic defender broke down after submitting offer
By Abigail Withey
Manager of FC Copenhagen, Stale Solbakken, has confirmed that his side failed to meet Celtic’s asking price for defender Erik Sviatchenko.
The Danish club have been linked with the 25-year-old throughout the summer, and the Daily Record revealed that the Copenhagen outfit had submitted a £2.7 million bid for the centre-back.
Solbakken revealed that they were in talks with the Scottish champions, but both club’s were miles apart with their price expectations for the Denmark international.
“We have been looking for a Scandinavian defender,” Solbakken said, as quoted in the Daily Record.
“We were in dialogue with Celtic, but the distance between our bid and their asking price was so great that there was no point dwelling on it.”
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The Copenhagen boss looks unlikely to submit a fresh bid for the defender as the club were eliminated from the Champions League last week following a defeat to lesser-known Azerbaijan outfit Qarabag.
The centre-back joined to Hoops in January last year from Midtjylland for a fee just over £2 million, and has made a total of 63 appearances across all competitions for the club where he scored two goals and provided four assists.
Sviatchenko is yet to feature in any of the club’s Premiership matches this season after limping off with another knee injury against Rosenberg during the Champions League qualifiers.
The defender is set to return from injury in September, but with Brendan Rodgers actively searching for a centre-back, it looks as though the Dane may have falling in his boss’ pecking order.
In other Celtic transfer news, Alan Stubbs has aired his concern over a recent Hoops transfer development.