Report: Croatian outlet says Celtic have made Vuskovic a lucrative offer

By Euan Davidson

June 26, 2021

Celtic have offered Croatian defender Mario Vuskovic a lucrative wage to join the club, according to a report.

Slobodna Dalmacija state that the Bhoys have offered the Hajduk Split starlet a wage of approximately £12,000 per week to bolster the club’s defence. Vuskovic had been in talks with Torino back in May [Daily Record]. However, no deal was made, and the Croatian outlet suggest the Hoops are offering significantly better personal terms.

The report says [Slobodna Dalmacija]:

…Vušković would fare much better at Celtic.

“Celtic offers Vušković up to 700,000 euros (gross) per year, while in Turin the figure was much lower, around 300,000 euros.”

According to today’s exchange rate, €700,000 is equivalent to £601,747.46. Divided by 52, it’s a more than decent weekly package, after tax.

The Daily Record reported yesterday that Hajduk Split were keen to start a bidding war for the 19-year-old. Sources from Split, the Record say, “believe Hajduk chiefs are fully aware of Vuskovic’s hot property status”. Undoubtedly, the Croatian talent factory, which has produced the likes of Nikola Vlasic, Niko Kranjcar and Domagoj Bradaric [Transfermarkt], know how to profit from their Academy talents.

Does Croatian reporting suggest Celtic are in driver’s seat to land Vuskovic?

Isn’t this so much more like it?

While Celtic have been linked to plenty of players already, including Erik Sviatchenko, it’d be great to welcome a hot prospect like Vuskovic to Paradise. To me, he represents exactly the kind of player Celtic should be looking at; someone who can make an immediate impact, has played at a decent level, and has plenty of potential to develop.

Mario Vuskovic dives for the ball on duty with Croatia / (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)

At just 19, he’s already shown how crucial he can be to a top side in a competitive league. There’ll be some adjusting to do if he does arrive, but that’s true of any signing, whether they’re 18 or 35.

An adept passer, someone who won’t shirk from an aerial duel and can even score free kicks, everything we’ve read about and seen of Vuskovic seems almost too good to be true. It makes sense, though, that Celtic would try to blow Serie A competitors out of the water from a wage perspective.

Let’s face it; Serie A is better. It’s a better league, and it’s one where some of the world’s top defenders have developed. But Torino aren’t the same side they were even a few years ago, and Vuskovic wouldn’t competing for trophies or in European football to nearly the same level as he would at Celtic.

If this reporting is indeed correct, it’s encouraging. The Bhoys are being bold, and using the club’s resources to potentially sign a top talent. We can’t complain if, indeed, we get this one over the line.

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