Celtic to open midfielder talks - report
By Will Butcher
Galatasaray are to re-open talks with Celtic about signing midfielder Stefan Johansen after failing in their bid to sign Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva, according to reports.
Turkish newspaper Fanatik now claim that Gala manager Jan Olde Riekerink is looking to re-open negotiations for Johansen next week as they look to bolster their midfield.
It is said that Gala must meet Celtic’s asking price of £2.6million if they are to land the Norway international.
The 25-year-old was placed on the transfer list at the start of July, despite making 39 appearances for the Hoops last term. Galatasaray were readying a bid of £1.5million, as well as offering Johansen £20,000-a-week, according to The Scottish Sun.
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Johansen has been a key figure in the Celtic midfield since his January 2014 transfer from Stromgodset, scoring an impressive 19 goals in 113 matches for the Hoops from midfield.
The Scottish Champions are willing to sell the their number 25, but are looking to secure a figure closer to £3million despite the midfielder having less than 12 months remaining on his Celtic Park deal.
In other Celtic transfer news, this centre-back could be on the move as the Hoops brace themselves for a £6million offer.