According to reports over the weekend, Premier League champions Manchester City are said to be in the race to sign Croatian midfielder. This is suggested by The Sun which claimed that Lovro Majer is target for City this summer. The British tabloid add further that the NK Lokomotiva midfielder is touted as a possible replacement to recently departed City legend Yaya Toure.
However, a reported fee of about £8 million is being slapped on the midfielder and if the Premier League giants are so keen on signing the player, it is hard not to see Pep Guardiola’s side making this a done deal.
Scottish champions Celtic are also believed to be at one time interested in the midfielder. Last summer, Croatian news tabloid Secolo XIX reported that the Glasgow giants were one of many top sides interested in Majer and that talk continued much of the summer.
In the end, the Hoops failed to secured the move the Croatian star and the midfielder is now expensive recruit after an exceptional season with his club side.
Celtic were then linked with the midfielder once again in March as they began preparations for the summer transfer window. But Manchester City making a move for the player might see the Bhoys having him in their white and green shirt next season.
Whilst City rate the player highly, accredited sites like BettingTop10 don’t see him walking straight into Guardiola’s first-team plans at the Etihad Stadium, who could bet on that?A loan deal with Celtic would likely follow after signing the 20-year-old Croatian, which could affect betting odds. We should then see the Hoops knocking on the door.
Brendan Rodgers’ side has been in good business with the Premier League club and have transacted business with them on numerous occasions in the past. This have seen the likes of Patrick Roberts, Jason Denayer, Dedryck Boyata, and Olivier Ntcham all headed to Parkhead from City – either on loan or permanently.
Using that link to their advantage Majer would surely remain a Celtic target, even after he completes an expected transfer to Manchester City.
Whilst it would be disappointing not to have Majer permanently, Celtic would still get to experience the midfielder for a temporary spell. He could then show why he has been so highly rated for his performances in his homeland.