Celtic in talks with Leeds, Galatasaray midfield target

Date published: Tuesday 4th July 2017 4:46

Reports in Turkey claim Celtic are trying to hijack Galatasaray’s move for Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic.

Gala were believed to be leading the chase for the 22-year-old, who is also believed to be interesting Leeds and Real Betis.

Now though Turkish outlet Sporx report that Brendan Rodgers is keen on Pasalic and they have entered talks with Chelsea over a summer move for the Croatian.

Pasalic’s agent Marko Naletilic told Estadio Deportivo: “There are a lot of clubs interested. I can only say that there are a lot of clubs interested in Pasalic of which Betis is one.

“Betis are an important club in Spain and Europe, for whom I have great respect.”

New Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen was reported to interested in the player, who was loaned to AC Milan last season.

Valencia, Lazio and Milan are also understood to be interested in the player, who is entering the final 12 months of his contract at Chelsea. And the Blues want to sign him up despite never kicking a ball for the first team.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed Chelsea want to renew his deal before sending him out on loan again.

The £2million Hajduk Split signing in 2014 has spent the last three seasons on loan at Elche, Monaco and AC Milan and another temporary spell looks likely with Celtic now in the race.

Turkish paper Milliyet reported that Antonio Conte had given Galatasaray, who are managed by his former Juventus team-mate Igor Tudor, the all clear to sign Pasalic.

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