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Legia make Juranovic announcement

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Celtic and Legia Warsaw have agreed terms for the transfer of Josip Juranovic.

Personal terms have still to be finalised for the 26-year-old but a broad understanding would be in place with his agent before the clubs got down to advanced talks.

Legia were forced to look into transferring Juranovic after they were knocked out of the Champions League last week but they now have the dilemma of whether or not to play the Celtic-bound defender against Slavia Prague in tomorrow’s Europa League play-off.

One mistimed tackle could put the deal in jeopardy while the commitment of any player on the brink of a transfer will always be open to question.

Radio Clyde reports Legia boss Czeslaw Michniewicz saying:

I am not so surprised as I am sorry and sad that Jura will probably leave us. I know the clubs have agreed on the transfer. I know he’s still negotiating, his manager has his own terms.

I had a preliminary talk with Jura at the airport. He’s ready to play Thursday’s game but I didn’t go there any further because I want to concentrate on the game.

I’ll talk to him today or tomorrow morning, then we’ll make the final decision as to whether or not he will go against Slavia. 11 months have passed since I started working for Legia – Josip is the 21st footballer who is leaving at that time is definitely a lot, but we have to accept it.

We have to accept it and stop thinking about it. Many people from our staff, I am talking about players and coaches, congratulated him on the fact that he will have a chance to develop in another club.

Signing a right-back has always been a priority for Ange Postecoglou even though Tony Ralston has been one of Celtic’s best players so far this season.

Yan Couto of Manchester City watched last week’s Europa League win over Jablonec but the prospect of signing a current Croatian international over a teenage loanee from the EPL  is far more beneficial.

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