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Report: Celtic interested in Branimir Kalaica, Leeds and Watford also keen

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Report: Celtic interested in Branimir Kalaica, Leeds and Watford also keen

The Daily Mail claims Celtic are interested in signing Benfica defender, Branimir Kalaica, with Leeds United and Watford also thought to be interested.

The 22-year-old Croatian star has struggled to get any sort of game time for the Portuguese giants since sealing a move to the Estadio De Luz back in 2016.

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Despite the lack of game time in Lisbon, Kalaica is highly-rated and is expected to eventually forge a solid career within the game at the highest level.

However, the report claims that Kalaica could be willing to move on this summer in the hunt for more regular football, with both Celtic and Leeds among the frontrunners to sign him.

 

The Bhoys will hope that current defender, Filip Benkovic, can help convince Kalaica to make the move to Celtic Park.

Both players represented the Croatian under-21 team last summer in the European Championships. At over six feet tall, Kalaica could well be a dominant presence with increased minutes and development.

 Branimir Kalaica is interesting Leeds, Celtic and Watford, with Benfica potentially open to a sale. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

Leeds, meanwhile, are looking to strengthen this summer ahead of a potential Premier League return. With Ben White likely to go back to Brighton, Kalaica may well represent a solid alternative.

Celtic could be tempting, Benkovic could well help Kalaica settle – TBR View

While moves to Celtic and Leeds are both massively tempting propositions, the Bhoys will hope that Benkovic will have a word with Kalaica and convince him to move to Glasgow.

It’s hard to say if the 22-year-old powerhouse would be an immediate success, however, the potential is there.

Benfica know they have a player on their hands. It’s just they’ve been unable to find room for him.

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