Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath has today posted on his Twitter account and stated that Filip Benkovic will be allowed to leave for Bristol City today.
The Northern Echo last night claimed that Celtic were one of for teams interested in the centre-back. The others were Bristol, Middlesbrough, and Derby County respectively.
The Echo also stated that Middlesbrough were doing their best to bring in Ben Gibson. That put their own Benkovic hopes into doubt. But McGrath’s Twitter post this morning could be viewed as a disappointing one for Celtic supporters too.
He’s stated that Leicester will let Benkovic go to Bristol when they’ve signed another centre-back.
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) January 31, 2020
No new centre-back on the horizon as of yet for Leicester
Much of this Benkovic speculation relies on Leicester actually signing more defensive cover. At the moment, they’ve yet to sign one, and they don’t look particularly close either with a quiet opening to deadline day for them.
Ojogo have claimed that Edmond Tapsoba is closing in on a move to Bayer Leverkusen – Leicester Mercury states that he was linked with a move to Leicester. The Mercury also claims, however, that the Foxes are still actively looking to recruit at the back before the end of the transfer window.
One of Leicester’s other targets is reportedly Jannik Vestergaard (Leicester Mercury). If we’re looking at a deal to get over the line for the Benkovic door to open, it looks like that could be the one.
However, hopefully they haven’t already chosen the club they want Benkovic to sign for. It’s worrying that the Telegraph’s McGrath has stated that he’ll be allowed to go to Bristol in particular. With no mention of any of the other interested parties, that’s a concern.
Celtic must do all they can to push this one over the line. There isn’t enough quality in our defensive ranks to let an opportunity like this pass us by.
Time will tell whether we do.