Celtic have stepped up their search for a new defender. According to Belgian media outlet DH, Celtic are one of the clubs interested in Dinamo Zagreb defender Amir Rrahmani.
Standard Liege are currently in pole position for Rrahmani. But Celtic and French club Amiens will provide competition for his services.
Dinamo Zagreb reportedly want between €1.5m and €2m for the towering 6ft 4in centre-back, meaning that Celtic could pay up to £1.8m for their defensive target.
Rrahmani played 26 times for Dinamo Zagreb last season, taking his total tally to 57 games for the Croatian heavyweights. But he could now be set for a summer move.
The 25-year-old is under contract until summer 2021. But he could leave if one of these clubs matches Dinamo Zagreb’s asking price.
Predominantly a centre-half, Rrahmani can also play as a left-back. This could appeal to Celtic, who are hoping for defensive reinforcements this summer.
But the Bhoys will have to fend off interest from Belgian side Standard Liege. The Jupiler League outfit currently lead the race for the 22-cap Kosovo international.
Centre-back has become a priority for Neil Lennon this summer. Dedryck Boyata has already departed and Filip Benkovic’s loan has expired.
This leaves Celtic with Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer as their two main centre-backs. Jack Hendry and Marvin Compper have both been frozen out so at least two new centre-backs are needed.
Rrahmani has only played in Albania and Croatia. But Benkovic and Simunovic both made the transition from Dinamo Zagreb to Celtic with aplomb. This transfer strategy has brought Celtic success in the path and Rrahmani could be the next to follow this career path.