Chelsea now ready to move for £8m Celtic player in January

helsea are reportedly ready to reignite their interest in signing Celtic defender Josip Juranovic after Reece James was injured last night in the Blues Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth.

 

According to the Daily Mail, the west London side are willing to accelerate their interest in Juranovic following another potential setback for the England international, with James only coming back from injury, resulting in the right-back missing the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

 

As a consequence, Chelsea could now move to sign Juranovic, with the Celtic defender potentially available for as little as £8m as the Croatian international looks set to leave Glasgow in the January window after an impressive World Cup in Qatar.

LUSAIL CITY, QATAR – DECEMBER 13: Josip Juranovic of Croatia controls the ball during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 semi final match between Argentina and Croatia at Lusail Stadium on December 13, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The 27-year-old was named in the Team of the Tournament as Croatia finished third in Qatar, with Juranovic’s performances playing a crucial role in the 2018 runners-up once again going deep in the World Cup, with Chelsea now ready to strike.

 

Indeed, the extent of James’ new injury is currently unknown, but with Chelsea already looking at signing Juranovic, there’s every chance that the England international could be out for some time, with the Celtic star an ideal replacement for the defender.

The World Cup this winter has more than proved that Juranovic is capable of competing against the best in the world. And for Chelsea, an £8m price tag to replace one of Graham Potter’s most important players is a deal that the west London side simply can’t pass up on.

James’ injury problems are slowly becoming an issue for Chelsea, with Potter simply not having the depth in the squad to replace the Cobham academy graduate. Which is why moving for Juranovic makes a lot of sense for the Premier League giants.

 

With an £8m price tag, Juranovic would be a steal in this market, and for Chelsea, they could easily strike a deal with the Hoops to bring the right-back to Stamford Bridge, with the player himself likely to be keen on a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.

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