Celtic were recently linked with a move for Slovan Bratislava’s striker Andraz Sporar. But, Lennon was quick enough to crush those rumours after the win against Hibernian. The manager said (The Scottish Sun) that there was nothing in it. However, Bratislava’s General Manager Ivan Kmotrik recently claimed that Celtic had approached the Slovenian forward.
Kmotrik reveals about Celtic’s interest and how high he rates Sporar
Speaking to the club’s official website, Kmotrik said, ”It is true that Celtic has sent us a specific offer and has shown an enormous interest in Andraz Sporar. Other strong clubs from countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Belgium have also heard from us. The interest is great, and we expect it to be even more pronounced during the transition period. I think its price is much higher (than €5.5m). I cannot imagine selling Andraz for less than €7m-€8million.”
This is certainly a surprising turn of events after Lennon had denied the rumours. Moreover, the latest update also gives a picture of how much Sporar might cost. Maybe Celtic are not willing to pay the €7-8m for Sporar, and the deal is dead for them. Or maybe Lennon just wanted to keep things behind the curtains before the transfer window opens.
Sporar’s team failed to make it to the knockout stages of the Europa League, but the striker managed to catch the eye with some of his performances. The 25-year-old managed five goals and two assists in 6 European games, and as the club’s General Manager explained, interest in him is coming from almost everywhere.
Sporar’s overall form this season has been terrific as he has 20 goals in all competitions. The striker moved to the Slovakian outfit in 2018, and he has firmly established himself as the main striker at the club. He also had a spell with Swiss heavyweights Basel where he failed to make a mark with them.
Should Celtic look to pay the €7-8m?
Celtic have shown that they are willing to spend big for the right players as they did in the case of Odsonne Edouard. This season, they went big on Christopher Jullien. The club clearly needs a striker who can share the goal scoring burden with Edouard. Leigh Griffiths, Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Lewis Morgan don’t seem too reliable especially in some of the tougher games, and hence a striker is almost a necessity for the Bhoys.
Sporar is a hard-working striker, and his standout asset is his pace and finishing skills. He can stretch play well and given the way Celtic play, he should be a good fit for them. The striker has shown that he can score at the big stages as well as he had an impressive Europa League campaign. Sporar is currently in his prime, and we believe that the Hoops should look to pay the €7-8m.
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