Hajduk Split president Luksa Jakobusic has talked about Celtic target Mario Vuskovic and whether his club would be willing to let the defender go.
It has been previously reported (via Area Napoli) that Celtic have had an offer rejected for young Vuskovic and Napoli are also interested in the defender. Jakobusic has now given some updates about Hajduk Split’s asking price for the defender and their stance on his potential sale.
Hajduk in no rush to sell to Celtic
Hajduk’s president has not confirmed the reports about whether clubs made any offers to sign Vuskovic or not, but he also proceeded to say that his club will sell the defender if the offered fee presents good business for them. He also revealed that the Croatian club aren’t in a financial position where they essentially have to sell players to stay afloat.
Should Celtic push for Vuskovic?
Here’s what Jakobusic had to say, via The Scottish Sun: “I can neither confirm nor deny the recent reports about a bid for Mario. The player will only be sold if the deal represents good business sense for the club. We are no longer in a position where we have to sell players to survive.
“The club is in a much better position financially and we will look at Mario’s position at the end of the season.”
It has been suggested that while Napoli are interested and Celtic have had a bid turned down, Torino are also one of the interested parties in Vuskovic.
Area Napoli’s report also claims that a fee of €5 million (£4.3 million) was deemed too low for Hajduk to let Vuskovic leave.
The Croatian club have previously rejected an offer from Fiorentina, and all this interest is perhaps no surprise given Vuskovic has been compared to Milan Skriniar and Matthijs de Ligt.
Get it done McKay
Kristoffer Ajer has been linked with a move away from Parkhead, with Hatem Abd Elhamed already having departed. Christopher Jullien remains injured and Shane Duffy returns to Brighton in the summer, so the first move new chief Dominic McKay makes simply must be for a defender.
Celtic will need more defensive options if they are to challenge Rangers next season, and Vuskovic has been described as a physically able defender who has good technique too. The 19-year-old defender already has experience of playing regular first-team football, and appears to be the perfect candidate to follow a similar career path to the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney, thriving in Glasgow before moving on for a big profit.
Keeping all of that in mind, it is easy to see why Celtic are going after Vuskovic and we feel McKay should push for him in the summer, even if it means eclipsing the £4.3m fee quoted above.
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