Ex-Celtic star Frank McAvennie expects Josip Juranovic to leave Parkhead if the Hoops receive the “right offer” during the January transfer window.
Talks over a contract extension have stalled and, following claims that the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in the fullback, McAvennie can’t see the defender staying in Scotland, especially if he has a good World Cup:
“If someone comes in and the right money is offered, he will be gone. If they are offering him a new contract now he should take it. Then Celtic are going to get more money out of it. It is a win-win for the player. If he has got respect for Celtic, and I think he does, then he will sign the contract. It might never materialise, a move might not happen. He is such a good player and somebody will come in for him somewhere down the line. He is getting a bit of security if he signs the contract and if he has a good World Cup then he will be gone.”
Juranovic does have three and a half years remaining on his current deal so, even without a new contract, Celtic can still hold out for a decent fee.
Back in June, reports in the Croatian media suggested that the Scottish champions wouldn’t consider letting the 27-year-old leave for less than £15m.
After paying £2.5m for Juranovic at the start of last season, getting a sixfold return on their investment would be very good business. It remains to be seen, though, whether any team will be prepared to match the valuation.