Rijeka sporting director preparing to lose Ivan Mocinic, confirms contact over Celtic transfer

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Rijeka are reportedly preparing to lose midfielder Ivan Mocinic.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Rijeka sporting director Srecko Juricic has admitted that he is bracing himself for bids from a host of clubs for midfielder Ivan Mocinic.

Mocinic, 22, was born and bred in Rijeka, and has now come up through the ranks with the Croatian club to become a first-team regular.

It's almost a year ago since Rijeka lost their star player Andrej Kramaric to Leicester City, and now they could be facing the same fate this time around with Mocinic.

Recent reports from the Daily Mail have suggested that Celtic are looking to sign Mocinic in January, with manager Ronny Deila desperate to improve his squad after a tricky season so far.

Now, the Bhoys' interest has been confirmed, with Rijeka sporting director Srecko Juricic commenting on the player's future.

Juricic is quoted by The Scottish Sun as saying that he is preparing for Mocinic's eventual departure, and claims Celtic have made contact over a January deal for the one-cap Croatia international - but they face major competition from Dinamo Zagreb, Lazio and Sampdoria.

"We're trying to prepare ourselves for every eventuality," said Juricic. "Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb, Sampdoria and Lazio have all requested information," he added.

Having signed fellow Croatian Jozo Simunovic over the summer, Celtic will be hoping to tempt Mocinic into a move - but with interest from big Italian clubs, the midfielder may not be too keen on a move to Scotland.

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