An interesting development has occurred in the race to sign Karpaty Lviv’s Marian Shved.
It turns out that, due to a get-out clause in his contract, he would cost Celtic just €2million. But that’s not the same for main rivals Dynamo Kyiv, who are also based in Ukraine.
The get-out clause only effects clubs on foreign soil. That ultimately means that Kyiv could have to pay a couple of million more to strike a deal with Lviv.
Whether that’s enough to put them off the deal remains to be seen. Celtic have yet to make a formal approach, but interest in the winger has only just recently occurred.
It’s also not a priority area that Celtic need to strengthen in. Shved is traditionally right-winger, therefore would be battling James Forrest and Oliver Burke for a first-team spot. But a need for three right-wingers isn’t exactly a necessity, despite Burke only being at Parkhead on a six-month loan period.
Celtic want to shift players first
Celtic also won’t do a deal unless they can shift some players out of the squad first. The likes of Lewis Morgan and Jack Hendry could make moves out of the club on loan. Hibernian are also keen on tying up a deal for Scott Allan to get him to Easter Road this month, and not have to wait until the end of the season.
Shved, however, has one cap as a full international with Ukraine. He’s managed 18 appearances for Lviv this season, scoring eight goals and bagging three assists. He’s in good form, and would be an interesting proposition for the Hoops.
If Celtic want to do a deal here, it’s all there for them. Their main and apparently only rivals have to pay more money, whilst Celtic can swoop in for just under £2million.
Fans, however, are more likely to be concerned with the race for a new right-back between now and the end of the transfer window.