JOSIP JURANOVIC’S World Cup displays have got Europe talking and now their elite sides look to be chasing the Celtic star’s signature.
Of them, Barcelona have emerged as favourites to sign the Croatia defender following his Qatar heroics.
GettyBarcelona lead the race for Josip Juranovic[/caption]
That’s according to bookmakers Coral, who make the Spanish giants the 2/1 favourites to sign Juranovic.
West Ham have been linked with a move for the Celtic star, with the Hoops willing to cash in having spent just £2.5million on him 18 months ago.
The 27-year-old revealed yesterday that he has switched off from any transfer speculation to focus on the task at hand with the semi finalists.
He said: “Honestly, I haven’t read what was written since we arrived at the World Cup.
“We’re just focused on the national team, I even told my agent not to send me anything, I’m not interested at all right now.
“I want to do something for myself, my future sons and daughters, I want to tell them the story of what we did and to be proud.”
Whether he wants to hear it or not, there’s been huge speculation surrounding his future after a string of excellent displays.
He was also voted in the ‘team of the quarter finals’ after keeping Brazil star Vinicius Jr quiet.
He still has three-and-a-half years left on his Parkhead contract, having signed for just £2.5million in the summer of 2021.
Josip Juranovic next club
Atletico Madrid 3/1
West Ham 7/2
AC Milan 10/1
Borussia Dortmund 16/1
Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad had watched the Croat in action, though it’s La Liga big shots Barcelona who are 2/1 favourites to sign him.
Atletico are next in the betting at 3/1, just ahead of the Hammers at 7/2.
Big spending PSG are next best at 6/1, with Juranovic set to go up against star man Lionel Messi in the World Cup semi finals.
That could prove a huge opportunity for Juranovic to test himself once again as they bid for another World Cup final spot.
Serie A sides Juventus (8/1) and AC Milan (10/1) are also in the mix, ahead of Everton (12/1) and Borussia Dortmund (16/1).
Coral’s John Hill said: “Josip Juranovic has had an excellent World Cup, so it would be no surprise if some of the biggest clubs in Europe came knocking for his services in January.
“Barcelona and Atletico Madrid sit at the top of our betting on his next club club and the Spanish duo may be locked in a battle for the player in the upcoming transfer window.
“West Ham are the shortest price Premier League club in the betting. The Hammers have been linked with the Croatian and they are only likely to be even more impressed by what they saw from the full back against Brazil.”
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