Celtic have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Sweden international Jordan Larsson, amid what would be a fairytale switch to Parkhead for the 25-year-old.
As per Fabrizio Romano, the seven-cap forward – who is the son of Hoops legend, Henrik – is set to be available on a free transfer this summer, having terminated his contract with Russian outfit, Spartak Moscow.
Writing on Twitter about the player’s situation, the transfer guru stated: “Swedish striker Jordan Larsson, set to leave Spartak Moscow as contract has been terminated in the last few hours.
“Larsson has already received some approaches as it’s an opportunity now on free transfer.”
While not named by Romano, the Old Firm giants have seemingly had a longstanding interest in the Rotterdam-born gem, having been linked with a move last year.
It’s been a long time coming, but they now seemingly have a green light to swoop in and seal a move.
News of Larsson’s imminent exit from his current side has unsurprisingly sent Celtic supporters into a frenzy, with hope brewing that he can follow in his father’s footsteps and become a legendary figure for the Scottish champions.
Dubbed the “King of Kings’ by the Celtic Park faithful, the senior Larsson is simply a club icon for the Glasgow side, having netted a truly staggering 242 goals in just 313 games in all competitions during his seven-year stay in Scotland.
That familial connection to the club is unsurprisingly not lost on his son, with Jordan previously admitting that it would be a “dream” to pull on the famous green and white jersey.
Not that any move would be solely sentimental, however, with Swedish legend Marcus Allback previously suggesting that the £7.2m-rated marksman would be a “great signing” for Ange Postecoglou’s side, both for himself and for the club.
His goalscoring record would seemingly corroborate that claim, as he netted 27 goals and provided nine assists in 83 games for the Moscow side, while also most recently providing six goal contributions in just 11 games on loan at AIK, where he spent the second half of last season.
Even without the Larsson association, signing a player of that talent on a free transfer would be incredibly smart business, with the club needing to do all it can to fend off rival interest.
With little real centre-forward depth beyond that of Giorgios Giakoumakis – with both Daizen Maeda and Kyogo Furuhashi more fluid, versatile attacking players – Postecoglou would no doubt benefit from a new, striking arrival.
It should seemingly be an easy sell if they are to try and persuade the forward to make the emotional ‘homecoming’…