An update has emerged on Celtic target Kristijan Lovric, regarding how much Gorica want for his services.
According to the Daily Mail, Celtic have enquired about a potential deal to sign Kristijan Lovric this summer to bolster their wide options.
The report claims that Gorica have told Celtic they want £4.2m (€5m) for the forward, with Serie A side Hellas Verona also showing an interest in his services.
Celtic must sanction a swoop for Lovric this summer as he could be the perfect replacement for Mo Elyounoussi, who has returned to Southampton following his loan spell with the club. The Norweigan enjoyed a solid season at Celtic Park and now needs to be replaced ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, with Lovric potentially ready to come in and take up that spot on the left side of the attack.
Elyounoussi provided 10 goals and four assists in 34 Scottish Premiership appearances last term. He averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.94, showing himself to be a reliable, consistent, part of Celtic’s attacking lineup.
This means that the club must bring in a suitable replacement who is capable of replicating his successes or bettering it, by coming in and scoring and assisting plenty of goals.
Lovric could have the quality to do that. In the Croatian league last season, the 25-year-old scored 15 goals and created a further five, averaging a phenomenal score of 7.33 over the course of 29 matches. This suggests that he has the ability to consistently provide brilliant end product and, therefore, could be the replacement for Elyounoussi that Ange Postecoglou needs this summer.
HNTV commentator Damir Petravic once compared him to Arjen Robben, Andrea Pirlo, Miralem Pjanic and said he sprints “like Mbappe”. He said: “He dribbles and scores in the style of Robben, shoots free kicks like Pirlo or Pjanic, and knows how to sprint like Mbappe.”
This is high praise indeed for the Croatian attacker and is another reason why the club must ensure that they get a £4.2m deal over the line for him.
His statistics are superb and he must be doing something right to be compared with some of the legends of the game mentioned above. Hopefully, Postecoglou can push for this deal to be done in the coming weeks and have the forward as part of his squad before the end of the window.