Hajduk Split left-back David Colina won’t be joining Celtic this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Reports in Croatia this week suggested that the Hoops has made a verbal offer of €3m (£2.7m) for the former Monaco defender (Index.hr). Split, meanwhile, were said to want double that for him (£5.4m).
However, the Daily Mail has reported that these claims have been played down.
That doesn’t mean that Neil Lennon isn’t looking for a new left-back of course. The Daily Mail themselves reported on Monday morning that Celtic remain in the market for a left-back.
But that doesn’t look like being Colina, with there being no progress on the reported verbal offer that was said to have been sent to the Croatian giants.
Difficult to see Celtic splashing out here
There’s been no real reason reported as to why Celtic wouldn’t be interested in sealing a deal for Colina. But it’s difficult to see them going past the £5m mark should they try to strengthen at left-back.
Greg Taylor is the current number one and came up with two assists in the opening-day 5-1 hammering of Hamilton at Parkhead. Boli Bolingoli, meanwhile, is available in reserve whilst Kerr McInroy featured in the position in pre-season games against Ross County and Hibernian respectively.
Whilst a new addition is required given how unreliable Boli has been, the club isn’t likely to spend heavily on it. Not if Taylor is seen as the out-and-out number one in the position in any case.
It would be interesting to know if that’s what has put the club off Colina, if there was any interest to begin with. He’s been capped at all age groups by Croatia outside of senior-level, and made 23 appearances for Split last season (Transfermarkt). In addition to that, he was given a spot in the 100 nominees for the 2020 Golden Boy award (The Sun).
There’s plenty to like about the 20-year-old, but last season was his first full year of senior football. That means he’s only played 23 first-team games. With that being the case, you could see why Celtic perhaps may have been put off with such a heavy demand from Hajduk. Regardless, this potential deal looks dead.