Celtic should be wary as Serie A giants Lazio reportedly target Jozo Simunovic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during training

Jozo Simunovic nearly moved to Serie A last summer with Torino and now an exciting Lazio side want to lure him from Celtic.

Celtic's Jozo Simunovic in action with Rangers' Jason HoltCeltic's Jozo Simunovic

With the benefit of hindsight, Jozo Simunovic insisted that he was glad his move to Torino fell through in August, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

After all, while the Turin side finished down in mid-table in Serie A, the loan signing of Joe Hart from Manchester City unable to prevent them from conceding a massive 66 league goals, Celtic lifted the domestic treble for the first time in 2001.

And, after spending six months of his debut season in Glasgow sidelined with a broken knee, Simunovic was a regular at the heart of Brendan Rodgers’ defence in 2016/17.

However, it must be remembered that, until the deal broke down, the Croatian youngster appeared all but set to swap Scotland for Italy after just 12 months at Parkhead. The Scottish Sun claim that he had even travelled to Italy to put the finishing touches on a £4 million deal.

Celtic's Jozo Simunovic celebrates scoring their first goal with Dedryck Boyata

Therefore, this may concern supporters as another Italian club look to make their move this summer. And, unlike Torino, this side can put European football on the table. They arguably appear a more intriguing destination than both Newcastle United and West Brom, linked via the Daily Mail.

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According to Calcio Dangolo, Lazio are hoping to lure Simunovic to Italy and succeed where Torino failed. After finishing an impressive fifth, qualifying for the Europa League, and only losing out to Juventus in the Coppa Italia, the Rome-based giants are on the up under Simone Inzaghi.

Lazio has also become a proven destination for young players to progress their careers, with Keita Balde Diao, Felipe Anderson, Sergei Milinkovic-Savic and Stefan de Vrij evolving into some of the continent’s most exciting stars at the Stadio Olimpico.

Keita Balde DiaoKeita Balde Diao has become one of Serie A's most exciting attackers

Therefore, you could perhaps understand if Simunovic had his head turned this summer.

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