Celtic and Rangers are both among a host of clubs keen on a summer move for Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas, according to the Scottish Sun.
They report that Kalas has impressed the Scottish Premiership’s top two with his performances out on loan at Bristol City this season.
Celtic are prepared to lose Dedryck Boyata in the summer and see the Czech defender as an ideal replacement, while Rangers have struggled to find a reliable partner for Connor Goldson at times and will see Joe Worrall return to Nottingham Forest at the end of the season.
But Chelsea reportedly want £5m for the defender and while that may not seem a huge amount in the context of the money swilling around in the English game, that’s a substantial asking price in Scotland.
Both clubs can afford it but it would be a major chunk out of their budget and the reported dozen of clubs in pursuit of him may only serve to push Kalas’ asking price even higher.
So both clubs should really be looking to cheaper alternatives rather than getting tied up in a bidding war – because Kalas is good but he isn’t so good that there aren’t other players who could do the same job without wiping out as much of their transfer budget.