The 23-year-old is reportedly on Hoops manager Neil Lennon’s wish-list and he will have been buoyed to find out he could get his man for a reasonable price given his restrictive budget.
However, the SPL champions will face a fight to sign the promising Bulgarian as several Italian clubs have already registered an interest in Tonev.
The winger’s agent has now warned Celtic they will need to move quickly when the transfer window open if they want to get their man, with Lazio leading the chase for his signature.
Gianfranco Cicchetti said in the Daily Record: “During the winter break, several Italian clubs showed interest in him, but we could not do a deal.
“Then the price was £1.5m, but after his recent excellent displays and his hat-trick for Bulgaria against Malta, I would say the transfer is close to £2m.
“It’s best to do a deal as soon as possible because that price could rise further if he keeps going like this.
“It’s no secret Lazio are most keen. They have been watching him for over a year.”
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