Report: Galatasaray consider move for Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen in next 48 hours

Celtic's Stefan Johansen looks dejected after the game

The Norwegian appears to be on his way out of Parkhead.

Celtic's Stefan Johansen in action with Rangers' Dominic BallCeltic's Stefan Johansen in action with Dominic Ball

Galatasary could move for Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen in the next 48 hours, according to the Daily Record.

The Turkish club have been linked with the 25-year old for several weeks and were reportedly close to his capture earlier this month but could seal the deal imminently.

The Hoops are demanding around £2.5 million for his signature and it now looks to be a case of when, and not if, he leaves Parkhead.

Celtic's Stefan Johansen looks dejected after the gameCeltic's Stefan Johansen looks dejected after the game

Brendan Rodgers praised the midfielder shortly after taking the reins at Celtic but suggested that the Norwegian’s future might be out of his hands.

“I have only known him this last week and a half and he has been excellent…we shall see what happens. It is speculation but he is a player I’d like to keep for sure,” said the Northern Irishman, in quotes published by the Daily Record.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

“The club has to protect itself also. If a player clearly doesn’t want to be at a club and had a year to go, the market will tell you that you have to sell that player.”

Johansen has shown flashes of brilliance since his move from Strømsgodset  in 2014 but he has failed to consistently deliver and has dropped down the pecking order in recent months.

Celtic have a host of midfield options at their disposal and wouldn’t suffer a great deal if Galatasaray were to get their man.

The chance to recoup several million for a player in the final year of his contract is an opportunity the club need to take advantage of considering the financial realities of Scottish football.

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