Celtic-linked Bristol City midfielder Niclas Eliasson is reportedly unwilling to sign a new deal with the Robins, according to the Bristol Post.
It’s also been reported that the one-year extension in his deal has been triggered. However, it’s likely he will leave in the summer unless City win promotion, which doesn’t look overly likely as they battle for a playoff position.
The Bristol Post states that the Robins are still hopeful that the player will sign a new deal to keep him at Ashton Gate for the long-term. However, so far Eliasson isn’t willing to budge.
This could be good news for any summer swoop for Celtic. The Hoops were linked with a move for the attacking midfielder in January, but the Daily Record reported that Bristol had slapped a not-for-sale tag on him.
That all looks set to change in the summer. Celtic won’t be able to swoop in and sign him for nothing now that his extension has been triggered, but a cut-price deal could be on the cards.
A winger who can play on either side
It’s been a fine campaign for Eliasson individually. He has a cool 12 assists in 30 games for the Championship hopefuls and has been playing on both flanks on different occasions (Transfermarkt).
Celtic have long needed cover for James Forrest, and once again didn’t manage to sort that problem out in January. Should we manage to nab Eliasson in the summer, he could prove to be the one we need to help push Jimmy on to new heights.
Eliasson’s former clubs include AIK and Falkenbergs in Sweden, but this has been his breakout season as he continues to impress in Bristol.
The winger has never managed to play for his country as of yet. He has, however, featured for the under-21 side. At 24, he’ll need to move onto a bigger platform if he wants to push his international career further. Celtic could potentially offer him that.
Old Europa League foes Lazio have been another name mentioned as a potential destination for Eliasson (Daily Record). That could prove tricky should the Serie A side make a move for him. Trying to compete for players with a side from one of Europe’s top five leagues always has us at a disadvantage.
But in any case, the fact he may not be willing to sign a new contract is a bonus for us. It remains to be seen just how much we want him.