Manchester City are seemingly in the hunt for a talented Croatian midfielder, according to reports over the weekend. It is being suggested by The Sun that Lovro Majer is a City target for this summer. The report suggests that the NK Lokomotiva midfield talent is being eyed as an eventual replacement for the recently departed City legend Yaya Toure. A fee of £8 million is being mooted and if City are keen, it is hard not to see them making a deal happen.
But could this be good news for Celtic?
Celtic are also believed to be keen on Majer. Last summer Secolo XIX reported that Celtic were one of many teams interested in the player and that talk continued for much of the summer.
In the end, Celtic failed to secure any deal for Majer and he is now an expensive recruit after an exceptional season with his club side.
Celtic were again linked in March as they began preparing for the summer transfer window. But Manchester City making a move for the player might present the best chance of seeing Majer in a Celtic shirt next season.
Whilst City rate Majer highly, it would appear unlikely he would walk straight into the first-team picture at the Etihad Stadium.
A loan deal would likely be the best solution for the 20-year-old. Celtic will then be knocking on the door.
The Bhoys have a good rapport with the Premier League champions and have done business with them on numerous occasions in the past. Patrick Roberts, Jason Denayer, Dedryck Boyata and Olivier Ntcham all headed to Parkhead from City – either on loan or permanently.
Using that link to their advantage Majer would surely remain a Celtic target, even after he completes an expected transfer to Manchester City.
Whilst it would be disappointing not to have Majer permanently, Celtic would still get to experience the midfielder for a temporary spell. He could then show why he has been so highly rated for his performances in his homeland.