Haksabanovic latest as Celtic close in on cut price permanent agreement; CEO speaks

By Dave Flanigan

August 18, 2022

Celtic are close to securing the permanent signing of Montenegro winger Sead Haksabanovic from Rubin Kazan, according to a report in the Russian press.

The 23 year old winger signed a five year contract with the Russian Premier League club last summer, but is looking for a transfer following Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

According to Sport Express, Kazan will sanction Haksabanovic’s permanent sale and a loan is not being discussed between the two clubs.

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There were reportedly negotiations between Kazan and Celtic last month, with the Scottish champions backing out over the quoted price for the winger.

The same website earlier this week highlighted Kazan’s financial difficulties, reporting quotes from their CEO Rustem Saimanov who directedly referenced the need to recoup fees for Haksabanovic and midfielder Oliver Abildgaard.

When asked about the two wantaway players, Saimanov said: (translated using DeepL) “We are in talks with them all the time. They are trying to leave somehow, but we do not let them go. The reason is that we are trying to get some money for them. Everything is in process.”

“Of course we’ve had our budget cut, a decent cut. Almost halved. There’s nothing to be surprised about. There’s always something going on and a minus budget. It seems that we`ve built a team. I want to note that no one gives us any money. No one has allocated a penny for all of our transfers.

“There is a certain budget. We try to do something in this budget. If we put together a good team, we were robbed again. We will somehow survive. But I am not worried, everything will be fine, everything will be fine.”

Haksabanovic cost Kazan 6.5 million euros last summer when they secured the winger’s transfer from Norrkoping in 2021, but it seems that Celtic will likely pay a fraction of that, should they reach an agreement with the Russian side.

The former West Ham winger would become Ange Postecoglou’s seventh signing of the transfer window, and would follow Carl Starfelt who switched Kazan for Glasgow last summer.

It’s unlikely that even a swift agreement would allow the Montenegrin to play on Sunday when Celtic take on Hearts in Paradise.

In other news: Celtic’s transfer vision is clearer than ever as Fabrizio Romano checks in again