Filip Benkovic is the subject of talks between Celtic and Leicester City according to Sky Sports’ Anthony Joseph. The Scottish Champions are hoping to agree a loan with an option to buy for the Croatian with Brendan Rodgers’ Premier League side open to a deal.
Celtic are in talks with Leicester City to sign centre-back Filip Benkovic.
He's not part of Leicester's short-term plans. They'll listen to loan offers and would even sell for the right price.
Celtic would prefer a loan deal, with an option to buy.
Discussions ongoing. pic.twitter.com/wvjVFnozPx
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) January 8, 2021
Benkovic joined Leicester from Zagreb in 2018 for £13m before being loaned to Celtic, who were then under Rodgers in his third year. Benkovic impressed in this spell and despite Rodgers leaving, the defender continued to play a part in the team. Benkovic made 27 appearances, winning three trophies.
Loan moves to Bristol City and Cardiff have been unproductive for the 23-year-old, meaning he has fallen down the pecking order at the Foxes making no appearances in the Premier League.
Celtic are in the market for a new central defender with Christopher Jullien likely out until the end of the season. Benkovic knows the club and is known to the manager, Rodgers knows the staff in Glasgow and might hope that a move will allow him and Kris Ajer to allow Celtic to toughen up at the back.