Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer has emerged as a transfer target for Bundesliga big-hitters RB Leipzig, according to Fussball Transfers.
If Ajer does make the 1,000-mile journey from Glasgow to northern Germany before the 31 August deadline, he will certainly arrive at the Red Bull Arena with big shoes to fill.
Leipzig have sold two of the most talented young centre-halves in world football this summer already, bringing in a combined £73 million from Bayern Munich and Liverpool for Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate respectively.
And, with just 12 months left on his Celtic contract, a deal for Ajer would hardly break the bank for a side not exactly short of cash right now.
The 6ft 6in Norway international is valued in the region of £12 million – a fee that might have scared off Norwich City but should pose few problems for a nouveau-riche Leipzig outfit.
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The report does add, however, that Ajer is not the first-choice transfer target for a club that finished second in the Bundesliga last season.
That honour goes to Maxence Lacroix, the 21-year-old Frenchman who burst on to the scene as Wolfsburg secured Champions League qualification for next season.
Premier League outfit Newcastle United have also expressed an interest in Ajer, with one former Norway star convinced the versatile defender will be plying his trade under Steve Bruce next term.
Rumours linking Ajer with a move to Tyneside have gone quiet in recent weeks, however, with Newcastle seemingly looking at alternative options, including Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby and former Liverpool loanee Ozan Kabak.