Celtic are closing in on a deal to bring Mario Vuskovic to Parkhead this summer.
That’s according to a report by Croatian media outlet Slobodna Dalmacija (via Daily Record), who claimed that Ange Postecoglou is pushing to complete a deal for the 19-year-old Hajduk Split player and has offered the centre-back a more generous contract than any of the other interested parties.
The Daily Record reported that Serie A outfit Torino are one club the Bhoys are battling in a bid to get a deal over the line for the Croatia under-21 international this summer, with Hajduk believed to be demanding a fee of in excess of £5m in order to part with the defender.
Considering just how much potential Vuskovic seems to have, reports that Celtic seem to be in the driving seat regarding a deal for the 19-year-old is something which will leave fans of the club buzzing.
Indeed, over his 29 1.HNL appearances for Jens Gustafsson’s side last season, the £5.85m-rated defender helped his side keep 12 clean sheets, as well as averaging 1.4 interceptions, 0.7 tackles and three clearances and winning 3.2 duels per game.
The centre-back also impressed for Hajduk in an attacking capacity, scoring two goals, providing three assists and creating two big chances for his teammates, along with averaging 0.2 key passes per league fixture.
These returns saw Vuskovic earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.03, ranking him as Gustafsson’s joint fourth-best performer in the Croatian top flight, a highly impressive feat considering Vuskovic’s tender age.
As such, with Dominic McKay undoubtedly hoping to build a side in the summer transfer window which would be capable of going on to reclaim their Premiership crown next season, the news that Celtic appear on course to land the man whom Aleksandar Holiga claimed is an “exceptional” talent is sure to come as a huge boost for the chief executive. Vuskovic looks as if he would be a fantastic addition to Postecoglou’s options at the back ahead of the manager’s first season in charge at Parkhead.