Celtic reportedly rivalled by continental and English clubs for £5.5m Strahinja Pavlovic

Neil Lennon, manger of Celtic gestures from the touch line during the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying round 1st Leg match between Celtic v Nomme Kalju FC at Celtic Park on July 24,...

Pavlovic admitted this week that he is 'flattered' by Celtic's interest.

Partizan Belgrade's Strahinja Pavlovic during the Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Leg match between Connah's Quay Nomads and Partizan Belgrade on July 25, 2019 in Rhyl, Wales.

Celtic face competition from another European giant - and a club from England - in their alleged pursuit of the Partizan Belgrade defender Strahinja Pavlovic, according to reports in Portugal.

The Celtic manager, Neil Lennon, is said to have watched Pavlovic in action against Connah's Quay last month, prompting the teenager to admit, via the Daily Record, that he is 'flattered' by the Bhoys interest.

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But Pavlovic later confessed a desire to play for another reportedly interested club, Juventus, at some stage of his career.

And A Bola claims that it is not just Juve rivalling Celtic for the Serbian's signature, with Benfica keen on what would be 'a player for the future'.

Strahinja Pavlovic of Partizan in action during the Serbian Cup Final match between FK Crvena Zvezda and FK Partizan at stadium Rajko Mitic on May 23, 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia.

But the Portuguese website stresses that Benfica cannot waste any time, with an English club also 'in the race' ahead of Thursday's Premier League transfer deadline.

It adds that it will take €6 million (around £5.5m) to prise Pavlovic away from Belgrade, where his 'immediate' focus remains, as per his comments in the Daily Record.

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Celtic have seen centre-backs Dedryck Boyata, Filip Benkovic and Marvin Compper depart since the end of last season, with only Christopher Jullien coming in.

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