Premier League side line up late £10m move for key Celtic first-teamer - report
By Aramide Oladipo
Burnley are planning to make a move for Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic in the summer transfer window, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the Premier League side are prepared to make an offer of £10million for the 23-year-old.
The newspaper reports that Burnley manager Sean Dyche sent his chief scout to watch the central defender last week as he looks to replace key man Michael Keane who moved to Everton this summer.
The report claims that Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers is not keen on selling Simunovic because he is set to play a key role in Celtic’s Champions League campaign and the defensive pair of Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko are both injured.
Simunovic endured a difficult second campaign at Celtic Park last season as he suffered from a number of injuries which limited his time on the football pitch.
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However, the Croatian has already played an enforcing role for the SPL champions this season, featuring in seven matches so far and helping the team to keep six clean sheets.
The defender’s current contract with Celtic runs out in 2020.
Football Insider verdict
At this present time, Celtic cannot afford to let Simunovic leave the club this summer. The defender has enjoyed a fine start to the new campaign and with even more playing time, he is set to develop even further with this team. Of course, the player might be enticed by the allure of the Premier League but he has the chance to compete in the Champions League this season against the very best teams in Europe which should encourage him to stay in Scotland. The Croatian is still a very young player and there are likely to be plenty of offers for him in the near-future but right now, it would be best for his career to stay at Celtic and prove that he can be a leader in the team.
In other Celtic news, the odds have been slashed on the Scottish giants signing a West Ham big-money player.