Celtic favorites set to sign Jordan Larsson
Celtic are believed to be favorites to sign Swedish striker Jordan Larsson this summer, according to a report by Russian outlet RB Sport.
The Truth: Family Ties
Son of Hoops legend Henrik, the 25-year-old has already followed in his father’s seismic footsteps by becoming an international striker.
However, Larsson Jr hasn’t quite managed to emulate the lofty heights his father achieved domestically, as the rather well-traveled frontman enjoyed a career that took him to the Netherlands, Sweden and Russia. .
Currently without a club after his contract at Spartak Moscow expired, Larsson – who has previously been touted a move to Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona or West Ham – is apparently preparing for the next adventure…
Latest: Celtic ‘most likely option’
According to RB Sport, a move to Celtic is now seen as the “likeliest option” for the seven-cap Swedish striker.
The Hoops are said to be “showing interest” in Larsson, whose father has a “good relationship with management” at Parkhead due to his legendary exploits for the club.
The report also states that ‘sources have told RB Sport’ that there is currently little interest from across Europe in the striker, who has recently been praised for his ‘great’ figures by football analyst Marcus Bring.
The verdict: No brainer
Still valued at £7.2m despite being a free agent (Transfermarkt), signing Larsson for nothing this summer is an opportunity that simply cannot be ignored by the Parkhead hierarchy, regardless potential sentimental and commercial aspects.
Primarily functioning as a hard-core centre-forward, the man with the famous family name can also play in wide areas, but would mainly offer competition to Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi and Georgios Giakoumakis.
Although Sweden’s top flight may not be the main barometer for judging potential success in Scotland, an outstanding Sofascore rating of 7.39 while winning 4.6 duels, completing two successful dribbles and taking 2.7 shots per game in the Allsvenskan cannot be ignored when it comes to the current. form.
Boasting a plethora of attacking attributes including crossing, long shots and finishing (WhoScored), if Celtic interest is genuine then Ange Postecoglou would no doubt welcome someone of Larsson’s raw talent into the ranks of Lennoxtown. As such, the club should do everything they can to get this one over the line.