Atletico Madrid president makes transfer admission which may benefit Celtic amidst Juranovic rumours

By Lewis Laird

June 28, 2022

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has admitted that the Spanish side must sell before being able to add new additions to the squad.

On Sunday, the European giants were linked to Celtic full-back Josip Juranovic, with recent speculation suggesting that the Croatian could leave Parkhead.

Those rumours have died down after the player’s representatives admitted he is happy at Celtic, and the club are not interested in selling the 26-year-old.

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During his first season with the Hoops, Juranovic quickly became a fan’s favourite due to his performances on the pitch. The right-back also appears to be a popular figure within the Celtic Park dressing room.

So, when the reports of interest from Atletico Madrid arrived, many fans feared that the Croatian internationalist could be closing in on the move.

There is bound to be interest in a player of Juranovic’s quality. However, there are currently no suggestions of any approaches from Diego Simeone’s side.

Whilst Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has admitted that the club were on the lookout for a new right-back, he also suggested that there will be no bids anytime soon for the Celtic star.

The 74-year-old stated that the Madrid side would need to sell assets before they can bring in any further signings.

He said: [AS.com]: I think that in order to sign, we all need to sell.

“We’ll see who it’s sold to and who it’s bought from. It’s 40 million that we have to sell, and that’s where we’re at. The market is not easy; it is very difficult. And the economic situation, you know what it is like.”

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Celtic hold all the cards, despite huge interest in Juranovic.

There may be interest from across Europe in the former Legia Warsaw man. However, it is Celtic who are in the perfect position regarding his future.

After only signing for the club last summer, Juranovic still has a further four years left on his deal at Parkhead and doesn’t appear to be in a rush to head anytime soon.

Even in the event that offers arrive for the full-back, the Hoops will have every right to demand big money for a player who is expected to start at the World Cup later this year.

The admission of the Atletico president has now arguably handed Celtic more power. We now know that the Spanish giants are struggling to gather transfer funds.

So, they either pay up and offer the big-money deal, which is likely to take up a large chunk of their budget or simply move on. The latter of the two options will be the favoured choice for the Celtic support.

No matter what happens with Juranovic’s future this summer, the club are in a strong position and have all the cards to decide.

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