Celtic will offer Mat Ryan a long-term contract as they aim to pip Arsenal to a deal this summer, Football Insider report.
The Lowdown: Postecoglou keen on Ryan
Postecoglou has worked with the shot-stopper when he was in charge of Australia, making Ryan his number one at the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Asia Cup.
Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph claimed on Saturday that Celtic will assess their goalkeeping options, and it seems as if they will now firm up their interest in Ryan, going off a Tuesday report.
The Latest: Contract offered
According to Football Insider, who have been informed by a Celtic source, the Hoops have registered their interest in Ryan.
The Hoops are now putting together a long-term contract package and are willing to hand him the number one shirt at Celtic Park.
Arsenal were in pole position for Ryan, but Postecoglou’s Parkhead appointment could now see Celtic win the race for his services. A move for Ryan could reportedly cost around £3-5m.
The Verdict: Barkas to be sold?
Ryan was labelled as a ‘beast’ by Mikel Arteta in regards to the way he trains, and it seems as if the Hoops have a real chance of signing the Australia international due to Postecoglou’s arrival at Parkhead.
Should Celtic land Ryan, last year’s summer signing Vasilis Barkas could well be ushered out of the Glasgow door.
Barkas, who cost £4.5m, has been linked with a return to AEK Athens in recent months. Reports hinted at a possible loan move, but if Ryan arrives, the Hoops may well look to see if they can negotiate a permanent deal.
In other news: ‘Powerful’ ace set to link up with Postecoglou at Parkhead, find out more here.
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