Australian newspaper The Sydney Herald has claimed Southampton and Leicester City are both looking to raid Celtic for playmaker Tom Rogic this summer, but will have to spend a record-breaking £20million.
The 26-year-old has had a difficult season interrupted by injury, but Neil Lennon has not let that forget just how important the Australia international is to the Celtic side – which is reflected in his price tag.
Southampton are renowned for raiding Celtic for players, including Virgil van Dijk, Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster and Stuart Armstrong. Leicester are likely to be linked with plenty of Celtic stars, with Brendan Rodgers in charge.
But the Herald reckons Celtic want an enormous eight-figure price of £20million for Rogic, despite scoring only five goals and creating six more this season. It would see Rogic become the most expensive Australian player to date.
The previous record was set by Mark Bresciano, when he moved from Italian side Empoli to Parma in 2002 for a fee believed to be in the region of £12.4million.
Still only 26 years of age, Celtic must do everything within their power to keep Rogic at Celtic Park – and Lennon knows that by slapping the value on the left-footer’s head.
No player in that Celtic side has the creativity and finesse that Rogic does. In tight matches with 11 players behind the ball, Rogic is the one that can unlock a defence.
Though untested in the Premier League, £20million gets you a player with impeccable vision, a wand of a left foot and goals from inside and outside of the box.