Scottish champions Celtic have already moved swiftly to strengthen in the winter window, with manager Ange Postecoglou having overseen three new arrivals in recent weeks, including the latest addition of Japan international, Tomoki Iwata.
The indication is, however, that the Parkhead outfit may not be done just yet in the transfer market, with the Old Firm giants likely looking to strengthen even further in their bid to maintain this current, rampant title charge.
Reports in Germany have suggested that one man who is on the Glasgow side’s radar is Switzerland international, Ardon Jashari, with the 20-year-old also said to be attracting interest from the likes of RB Leipzig, Eintracht Frankfurt, Leeds United and Napoli.
This follows reports from earlier this season that claimed the Hoops had set aside ‘significant‘ funds in their quest to strengthen the midfield ranks, with Jashari potentially the quality recruit that those at Paradise have been chasing.
The two-cap playmaker has enjoyed a fine start to the 2022/23 campaign with four assists from his 15 league games, after previously scoring twice and providing three assists at senior level last term in what was a real breakthrough season.
A “deep-lying orchestrator” – in the words of talent scout Jacek Kulig – the 5 foot 11 ace offers a real creative spark from his central midfield berth as averages one key pass per game in the Swiss top-flight this season, while also averaging one tackle per game as a marker of his industrious nature.
The expectation in his homeland is that the Cham-born ace – who featured once at the World Cup for his country – could well go on to emulate the development of current England maestro, Jude Bellingham with the 19-year-old currently thriving at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
The elegant teenager – who has been branded a “superstar” by pundit Roy Keane – has been a real leading figure for the German outfit in recent years, providing 40 goals and assists in just 112 games despite his tender years.
The former Birmingham City man particularly caught the eye as a result of his displays in Qatar in recent months, notably averaging 3.2 tackles per game and enjoying a 90% pass accuracy rate throughout the tournament to illustrate his remarkable maturity and composure in the centre of the park.
A player who simply “has everything” according to Keane, Bellingham appears destined for a high-profile move away from Westfalenstadion in the near future, with The Athletic reporting that he could command a fee as high as €150m (£132m) were he to depart.
To think that Postecoglou and co could potentially unearth their own version of such a costly talent in the form of Jashari is a truly intriguing prospect, with the Bhoys now needing to get themselves ahead in the apparent race for his signature.