Reports from Italy are saying that Roma have joined their Serie A rivals Torino in the race to sign Celtic’s World Cup star Josip Juranovic.
It is believed that manager Jose Mourinho could move for the Croatian right-back to replace their Dutch right-back Rick Karsdorp, as the club are close to agreeing a fee to sell the player to Fulham in a deal expected to cost the English Premier League side around 10m euros.
According to reports, Juranovic does fancy a move to Italy and out of Roma and Torino, you would assume that Roma would not only be Juranovic’s preferred option, but they are more likely to be willing to pay a larger transfer fee than Torino, as well as higher wages to the player.
There are still 17 days until the winter transfer window open on January 1st, so there will be plenty of speculation from now until then and I’m sure plenty more clubs will come out of the woodwork who are keen to get Juranovic on board, especially after his much publicised terrific performances for Croatia in Qatar against the world’s best.
And whoever buys him will need to pay big bucks.
I don’t for second believe the reports from the SMSM that Celtic have ‘named their price at £17m’.
The will certainly have a figure in mind that they would be hoping to get, but with multiple big clubs interested in the player who has three and a half years left on his contract, the last thing Celtic would do is put a ceiling on the price.
That definitely is not something you do in a bidding war!
And they certainly would not be telling the Scottish press these types of figures!