Leicester City are plotting a shock £20million bid for Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor, Football Insider can reveal.
The Scottish champions knocked back enquiries for the 27-year-old last summer from Brendan Rodgers side and subsequently tied him down to a new long-term contract.
A Leicester source has told Football Insider the club have reignited their interest in McGregor and are readying a new move following Celtic’s Champions League elimination last night.
The Foxes’ latest move is unexpected given McGregor’s lengthy association with his boyhood club and their historic 10-in-a-row tilt.
Celtic are braced for an offer from Leicester, who have cash in the bank following Ben Chilwell’s £45m move to Chelsea.
There was strong Premier League interest this time last year in McGregor, notably from Leicester and their manager Brendan Rodgers.
But Celtic made it clear the central midfielder would not be sold at any price, in the same window that Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal for £25million.
The Glasgow giants announced last November McGregor had put pen to paper on a new five-year contract that ties him to the club until the summer of 2024.
He has been one of Celtic’s star performers during their remarkable dominance of the Scottish game, which has included nine league titles in a row.
He made huge strides during Rodgers’ reign and has maintained his position as one of Celtic’s outstanding players during Neil Lennon’s second spell.
The 19-times Scotland international has made 279 appearances for the Hoops, scoring 49 goals and providing 56 assists.