Slovan Bratislava: Any Celtic deal for Andraz Sporar would break record

By David Walton

January 12, 2020

Slovan Bratislava vice-president Ivan Kmotrik Jr has confirmed that any deal involving Andraz Sporar would be record-breaking.

As things stand, the most expensive player to have departed Slovakia is Milan Skriniar. He signed for Sampdoria for an apparent €6million in 2016. He now plays with Inter Milan after securing a staggering €34m move in 2017 (Transfermarkt).

Sporar, meanwhile, has been attracting attention from Celtic, Sporting Lisbon, and Al-Gharafa (Daily Record). As of yet, no side appears to have reached an agreement with Slovan regarding the striker’s signature.

Andraz Sporar has netted on the international stage (Ahmad Mora/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, speaking to Sportrevue, Bratislava’s vice-chairman Kmotrik said that Sporar’s departure would break the Skriniar record.

“We’ve also received an offer from the Arab world and other countries. It is possible that Andraz will stay, but the offers are already at a level that would be interesting for the club.

“I don’t want to get into specifics but if the transfer is completed Sporar will certainly be the most expensive transfer out of Slovakia.”

Sporar deal seems to be getting further away

If the Sporar deal is to break the €6m figure, that would see Celtic pay over £5m for the Slovenian international’s signature. That would be quite the outlay, and isn’t the kind of money we tend to spend in January transfer windows.

Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell must understand the importance of this month (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Of course, this isn’t any regular January. It’s not just the league that’s on the line this season, it’s 10-in-a-row. Getting so close to the fabled 10 only to throw it away would be devastating for us all. If we end up looking back on a recent transfer window and regret not splashing out a few million, it’ll make it doubly as devastating.

However, the recent report stating that Sporar was favouring a move to Sporting Lisbon doesn’t help us (Slovenske Novice). It remains to be seen how high they value Sporar, and how much money they would be willing to spend on him.

But despite our own clear interest, it’s disappointing that we’ve yet to make a formal offer. In an ideal world, we would’ve been able to have a new striker in before the action resumes once again. Even though there’s still time to get someone in before Partick Thistle next weekend, it doesn’t look like being Sporar as things stand.

Sporar represents ambition from the board if we get the deal done (Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

What Sporar does represent to the supporters is ambition, however. He’s the second top goalscorer in the Europa League and is an international goalscorer with Slovenia too. The fact he’s so highly-rated is down to the pedigree he has, and pedigree is something we could do with investing in this January.

This isn’t the time for Lenny or the board to tell us how difficult a window January is. Celtic need to just get these deals done and ensure we’ve strengthened substantially before February. Failure to do so will be unforgivable.