Italian report: Celtic interested in Finland international Jere Uronen; would fill key position

By David Walton

September 17, 2020

Celtic are interested in exprienced Genk and Finland left-back Jere Uronen, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

The Italian source believes that the Hoops are showing the firmest interest in Uronen, who has made 149 appearances for the Belgian club (Transfermarkt).

He’s also a regular with the Finnish national side, earning 42 caps and recently getting one over new Celt Shane Duffy when Finland won 1-0 in Ireland last week.

Reported Celtic target Jere Uronen in action for Finland (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

However, Tuttomercatoweb also believes that there is interest from Italy and Germany for the defender, whose contract runs out in the summer of 2022. They state that Celtic have shown the most “concrete interest”.

The Hoops are in the market for a new left-back after the departure of Boli Bolingoli on loan to Istanbul Basaksehir. Celtic currently only have Greg Taylor available to play in the position.

A player with plenty of top-level experience

Uronen, should he sign, would arrive at Parkhead with matches against the likes of Germany, Italy, and Ukraine to his name in recent years. He also featured for Genk against Salzburg, Napoli, and Liverpool in last season’s Champions League group stage.

Before Genk, Uronen also had spells with Helsingborgs in Sweden and Turun Palloseura of Finland. With 19 Europa League outings to his name too, he certainly isn’t alien to European level.

Uronen would also appear to be affordable. Belgian outlet Voetbal Belgie believe that his transfer valuation is €2.8million (£2.5m). That would certainly fit Celtic’s ideal pay grade when it comes to transfer fees.

Celtic-linked Jere Uronen (Photo by YORICK JANSENS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

At this point, Celtic fans will just want to see a name come through the door in order to boost the options we currently have at left-back. Uronen would appear to be one who fits the bill, especially with such a strong level of international pedigree to his name.

Uronen has been with Genk for the last five years, and a move to the UK would surely be appealing for him. How he adapts to the more physical style of the Scottish game would perhaps be one slight concern.

But it’s another name to add to the potential left-back list as we wait to see what direction Celtic go in.

In other news, Celtic fans have jumped to their player’s defence after a baseless dig from a Clyde 1 pundit.