Celtic have made a verbal offer for Hadjuk Split left-back David Colina, according to Croatian media outlet Index.hr.
The source has reported that the Hoops have tested the waters for Colina with a €3m (£2.7m) verbal offer. However, Hadjuk will only consider selling if Celtic double their bid to €6m (£5.4m).
It remains to be seen whether the Parkhead side would be happy to splash the cash on a position in which the club is struggling for quality depth.
Colina has been capped at every age group outside of senior-level for Croatia, and also made 23 appearances for Split last season (Transfermarkt).
If Celtic were to match the reported £5.4m figure Hadjuk want, it would mean that the Croatian side will have made over eight times what they paid for him when they landed the youngster from Monaco for only €700k in the summer of 2019 (Index.hr).
Today’s matchday squad could tell us something
Celtic aren’t exactly spoiled for choice at left-back, and our pre-season fixtures proved exactly that.
Greg Taylor is undoubtedly first-choice given how steady and reliable he was before lockdown. However, Boli Bolingoli, who Neil Lennon signed last summer, simply cannot be relied upon and doesn’t look up to the level required of a Celtic full-back.
It also didn’t help Boli that Lennon kept him out of both of our games last weekend against Ross County and Hibernian respectively. Instead, young Kerr McInroy was tasked with covering at left-back when Taylor wasn’t playing.
Some quality would be welcome in that area, but £5.4m would be a lot to spend on a player who has effectively only had one positive year at senior level. Colina’s game-time with Split this season is his first real year of consistent game-time. It’s fair to say Celtic wouldn’t be getting much experience for that price.
However, that’s not to say he wouldn’t make it here. The youngster, still only 20, must have something if he’s been called up by all youth groups with a country as quality-packed as Croatia.
In any case, it looks as though this is a position that Lennon is looking to tackle during this extended summer transfer window. Hopefully, any new addition can come in and make an immediate impact.