According to a report from the Daily Record, Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko is being pursued by Turkish side Besiktas – though the two clubs have different ideas when it comes to the type of deal they want.
Sviatchenko arrived at Parkhead in January 2016, and while he seemed to become an important player during the latter stages of Ronny Deila’s tenure, he often had to battle with Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata for a place at the heart of the defence last season.
And now the Record reports that he could be offered the chance to leave the Hoops this summer, with Besiktas targeting a loan move for the Denmark international, with an option to sign him on a permanent basis at the end of the year.
However, the Record adds that while Celtic are ready to consider letting the 25-year-old leave during the coming weeks, the Bhoys would prefer to let the defender go permanently immediately as they try to recoup the £1.5 million they spent on him initially.
It is not a surprise that Celtic would prefer to sell Sviatchenko immediately rather than sanction a loan deal, as they arguably do not have the depth in the middle of the defence to let the Dane go without replacing him.
Mikael Lustig and Kristoffer Ajer can both play in the middle, but Rodgers may feel that if he is going to lose Sviatchenko in any capacity, he needs the funds to find a replacement this summer.