ELFSBORG director Stefan Andreasson has confirmed Celtic have made contact about the availability of defender Gustaf Lagerbielke, as CQNreported yesterday.
The Hoops are poised to move to strengthen their central defence with Swedish international Carl Starfelt on his way to La Liga outfit Celta Vigo.
Brendan Rodgers has identified £3million-rated Lagerbiekle as an ideal addition to his squad, just a fortnight after paying £4.3million to Legia Warsaw for Maik Nawrocki.
HAPPY DAYS…Gustaf Lagerbiekle celebrates a triumph.
Discussions over a move to the treble winners for the 23-year-old centre-back, who won his first international cap for Sweden in their 2-1 win over Iceland at the turn of the year, are expected to be ramped up in the next few days.
Andreasson, speaking about Lagerbiekle’s situation to local media outlet Fotbollskanalen, admitted: “We have had a dialogue in this case. There is an interest, yes.
“But we are not in a negotiation. The club must move from interest to acting powerfully concretely. We are not there right now.
“We are always positive that players can go for the right price.
“We know roughly what it would mean for a transfer for some players.”
HEADS I WIN…Celtic’s tower of strength Cameron Carter-Vickers demonstrates his ability as he clears from Antonio Colak in the 1-0 Scottish Cup semi-final derby win at Hampden in April.
Rodgers will have the reliable Cameron Carter-Vickers back in the centre of the rearguard after the USA World Cup star missed the last six games of the previous campaign following knee surgery.
He played the 90 minutes-plus against Ross County at the weekend and came through without reaction.
Stephen Welsh and Liam Scales are also available while Yuki Kobayashi, brought in from J-League Vissel Kobe in January, is still settling in after making a handful of appearances at the tailend of the season.
However, there is little doubt Rodgers, who has already given the green light to five recruits this summer, would like the deal for Lagerbiekle done as swiftly as possible.