Turkish champions Besiktas are weighing up a shock season-long loan move for Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko, according to the Daily Record. However, the two clubs have very different ideas when it comes to the type of deal they want.
Celtic, looking to recoup the initial £1.5 million spent on the Danish stopper back in the winter transfer window of 2016, will not be interested in a a loan move and so a straight sale could be the Turkish side’s best chance of securing the transfer.
After signing Pepe from Real Madrid, Besiktas are looking to pair him with a strong and reliable central defender — and Sviatchenko seems to be exactly the man for the job.
The 25-year-old became a key player when he arrived at Parkhead in January 2016 under Ronny Deila, but recently he has had to fight his way on to the pitch, as Brendan Rodgers usually opts to play Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata at the heart of his back four.
Nonetheless, despite exit talks, Rodgers might not want to sell Sviatchenko so soon.
Celtic are currently coping with a striker crisis and finding a reliable, aggressive winger, who can work with Leigh Griffiths and step in up front in the absence of Moussa Dembele – who is out of action until September – is the the club’s number-one priority.
With a lack of options at the back, it seems unlikely that Rodgers would jeopardise his side by selling Sviatchenko. Knowing he has the Dane to play when needed is a big weight off the Hoops boss’ back, especially with other areas of the field being the priority when it comes to recruitment.
According to Danish outlet Tipsbladet, Sviatchenko’s agent Allan Bak Jensen said: “There is some interest in Turkey and there is some interest from England, but I do not want to say which clubs.
“There might be something happening to Erik. He was close to being sold this winter and he probably has been inside and outside of the team at Celtic.”
Besiktas, it is reported by the Scottish Sun, have made an offer to Celtic which includes a one-season loan deal with the option to buy next season. Nonetheless, it seems Sviatchenko is ready to stall on the deal as he weights up his summer options.