Celtic agree to sign winger Sead Haksabanovic from Rubin Kazan | Football

Celtic agree to sign winger Sead Haksabanovic

The Montenegro international wants out in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine (Image: Getty)

Celtic have agreed a deal in principle to sign winger Sead Haksabanovic from cash-strapped Rubin Kazan on a permanent deal, according to Russian media.

The 23-year-old penned a five-year deal at Kazan last summer after completing a ¬£6million move from Sweden’s Norrk√∂ping, but
Montenegro international wants out in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.

Celtic signed Carl Starfelt from Rubin Kazan last year and Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou has been keeping an eye on Haksabanovic. Now Russian Football News claim the Hoops are ready to snap up the player for a cut price, with Kazan desperate for cash.

After the Ukraine war broke out in February, Fifa allowed Western European players in Russia to suspend their contracts and sign for other clubs on loan. Haksabanovic, who was signed by West Ham as a youngster but never made an impact at the Premier League club, joined the exodus and spent the second half of last season with Sweden’s Djurgardens.

The Swedish-born player is now training on his own as he looks to force a permanent move out of Russia as Kazan are desperate to recoup some of the money they shelled out on Haksabanovic and the Dane midfielder Oliver Abildgaard, who also wants to leave.

The club’s general manager Rustem Saimanov said: ‘We are in talks with both of them. Of course they both want to leave. But we don’t let them go for nothing because we want some money for them. Our situation is extremely worrying. Our budget is halved. I consider myself to be in a crisis management role.

‘Our players all come for free now and no club has given us a single penny for transfers. We have been robbed by Fifa and Uefa. Everyone says we have a big budget, but we also have big commitments. We have an academy on which we spend millions of rubles. We thought we could sell our best players for money, which we didn’t – the TV rights are also down. We had budgeted for all this and got nothing.’

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