Celtic’s Josip Juranovic and Thomas Henry transfer punch as Angel Postecoglou targets £ 10million double
Ange Postecoglou is set to speed up Celtic’s rebuilding with the capture of Croatian ace Josip Juranovic for £ 3million.
The Hoops boss is getting closer to Legia Warsaw right-back, 26, who was told he could leave Poland if the price was right after his side’s Champions League elimination.
Parkhead chiefs are also working on a £ 7million deal to land Leuven leader Thomas Henry as Postecoglou’s revolution gains momentum.
The Celtic gaffer has sued Royal Antwerp defender Aurelio Buta but costs rise with Everton entering the race as Burnley is set to reclaim Sheffield United target George Baldock in a deal worth up to £ 8million.
Postecoglou turned his attention to Juranovic – who played for Croatia at Euro, most notably in the 3-1 win over Scotland in Hampden.
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The former Hajduk Split star has been a smash hit in Poland since arriving last summer, but Legia is looking to cash in after tumbling in the Europa League this week.
The Celts are chasing multiple targets and remain looking for the loan of Man City center-back Ko Itakura, the 27-year-old – who is a Japanese teammate of Hoops striker Kyogo Furuhashi – impresses in Holland after being sold to Groningen .
Postecoglou last night kept a low profile on transfers but admitted he hopes to have a few new faces on board for next week’s European action.
He said: “There is always a possibility and I live in hope. We will stop there.
Postecoglou is focusing on entries rather than departures and he doesn’t care if Odsonne Edouard sticks around to see his contract next summer.
The French ace – who is expected to ignore a blow to face Jablonec tonight – is considering a move but won’t jump at the first opportunity, Brighton still settling for a £ 20million offer and the manager has admitted that Hoops bosses will be more worried about landing a royalty.
He said: “There is a concern about his cashing out, but these are probably questions for other people.
“If that means he stays here and contributes, so be it.” These are things that I don’t really spend too much time thinking about.
“There are some things that are out of my control and I’m just not going to waste time during this hectic time thinking about it.
“My main goal is to prepare the team for these matches, to play our football, which is not easy and requires a lot of attention from me and the staff, and also to work to bring in players. . “
Postecoglou’s sights are on Jablonec at Parkhead tonight and finishing the job of setting up a Europa League play-off clash with AZ Alkmaar following the 4-2 first leg win.
He said: “I would be very surprised if anyone is complacent in this place right now.
“We’re far from being a team where we can kind of relax at any stage.
“We’re just getting started. We had some good performances, but for me it’s about being consistent in our football and in our approach.
“And it’s far. I don’t think there will be any complacency and I guess if someone does when they show up in front of 60,000 people, I think it will bring them back to making sure there is a concerted effort to build on what we started.
Postecoglou wants to maintain momentum following the 6-0 demolition of Dundee on Sunday.
He said: “It’s fair to say that Sunday had a positive impact for sure.
“Obviously the result was great, but the performance was also encouraging as it had elements of the kind of football we want to play.
“There is an opportunity to build momentum due to the circumstances. The last two games have obviously gone well.
“Being a European match with a full house is a unique set of circumstances that we want to take advantage of because I think if we can have another positive performance and get a positive result it creates a good atmosphere to go from there. ‘forward and encourage everyone – the players and our supporters.
“This is a good opportunity to do so.”
Meanwhile, Gordon Strachan’s return to Celtic in a consulting role will be scrutinized by the SFA’s professional game board, fearing he violates strict rules surrounding dual interest.
Dundee’s technical director, 64, returns to Parkhead as an advisor with a mission to oversee the youth and women’s teams – without relinquishing his remit at Dens Park.
The Daily Mail state has also not informed the SFA of the unusual arrangement and the governing body will now seek to see if the dual role violates Article 13.
The rule states that anyone “involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management or administration of a club” cannot be involved in another club at the same time unless they have “the prior written consent of the board. administration ”.