Celtic fans are forgetting why Benkovic deal will never happen

By Connor Gordon

December 5, 2018

Brendan Rodgers will find it difficult to sign star defender Filip Benkovic due to time and money.

The 21-year-old is enjoying life on-loan at Celtic but fans are forgetting his circumstances.

The Croatian has only just signed for parent club Leicester City in the summer for £13 million.

Filip Benkovic is already being compared to former Celtic star Virgil van Dijk. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

His comparisons with ex-Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk will only see the Foxes want to keep their man.

Money makes transfer a non-starter

In the highly unlikely event that Benkovic becomes a potential target for Rodgers, the fee Leicester will quote for the defender will be too astronomical for the Hoops to answer.

The former Premier League champions will look for some profit on their costly amount given to former club Dinamo Zagreb.

Celtic will need to offload big money players such as Dedryck Boyata to get the Croatian’s services. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic would need to offload big hitters such as Dedryck Boyata and Odsonne Edouard to even come close.

The club have already forked out a record £9 million this season to secure the services Edouard permanently. To go further and break the transfer barrier again would be majorly surprising.

Leicester will want their van Dijk

Celtic are tipped to once again win the treble this season and sweep all domestic opponents aside. This would mean Benkovic has arguably done all he can while with his temporary club.

If the Croatian starts making noises about staying at Celtic then his ambition may be questioned.

Rodgers wants his number one defender, just like he wants any big player to stay.

However, Rodgers will also know that Leicester will want to try their new centre back in the Premier League.

Leicester manager Claude Puel will want to test van Dijk comparisons. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Claude Puel would be foolish not to at least try and get Benkovic a few games in the first-team.

With the defender being likened to van Dijk then Puel can skip the middle man in his development.

The manager bought him for a reason but must see Celtic as a means to improve weakness in his game. Celtic are reaping the benefits now, but know they face a mammoth task to keep hold of him.

The scouts must be looking now for his replacement, but they must look harder having already missed Benkovic in the first place.