Report: Celtic target Trencin's Matus Bero after scouting mission, face huge competition

Celtic are reportedly pursuing Trencin midfielder Matus Bero.

According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic scouts have been watching Trencin midfielder Matus Bero - and are now keenly pursuing him ahead of the January transfer window.

The Bhoys have been fantastic in the Scottish Premiership but terrible in the Europa League, and manager Ronny Deila has come in for stern criticism as a result.

January additions are expected, and with Stefan Johansen suffering a huge drop in form this season, another midfielder may be targeted - even though Celtic signed Scott Allan and Ryan Christie over the summer.

As a result, The Scottish Sun report that Celtic scouts have been in Slovakia watching Trencin midfielder Matus Bero, after he enjoyed a remarkable start to the season.

With nine goals in 15 games this season, Bero is emerging as a real star in Slovakia, and is considered as one of the country's top young prospects as a result of his performances this season.

Now, Celtic are seemingly hoping to lure him to Scotland having been impressed with his displays, but face major competition for his signature.

The Scottish Sun carry quotes from Trencin general manager Robert Rybnicek, who claims that the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool are also pursuing Bero.

"Recently, we have had Arsenal, Liverpool and AC Milan, which is unbelievable for Slovakia," said Rybnicek. "There is a lot of noise about Matus. He has been excellent for a long time and is one of the valuable players in Slovakia.

"He’s not just worth a lot on the pitch. He has a great nature and it comes across in his performances. When Matus does leave here, it will be one of the biggest transfers in Slovakian history. He will have several alternatives," he added.

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