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CELTIC AND ASTON VILLA IN £2M BATTLE AS DIRECTOR ADMITS EXIT IS ‘GETTING CLOSE’

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Elfsborg appear to have confirmed that Hakon Valdimarsson is ‘getting close’ to a departure with Celtic reportedly facing competition from Premier League giants Aston Villa.

 

With Joe Hart’s contract expiring, Celtic cannot ignore the need for a new number one for much longer.

 

And with neither Scott Bain nor Benjamin Siegrist seemingly under consideration to make the step up, the Scottish champions are likely to pursue an outside hire.

 

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Real Madrid’s Andriy Lunin is reportedly one option. Though that has been complicated by the fact that the Ukrainian appears to have replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga as the Spanish giants’ first-choice in the injury-enforced absence of Thibaut Courtois.

 

Hakon Valdimarsson, then, is not just more affordable than Lunin – reportedly valued at around £2 million – but more attainable too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There is interest from Celtic, per the Goteborgs Posten. Fabrizio Romano, meanwhile, believes that both Aston Villa and FC Copenhagen have submitted ‘formal bids’ in recent days for the 2023 Allsvenskan Goalkeeper of the Year.

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And while Elfsborg’s sporting director would not be drawn on exactly which clubs are in the mix, he does appear to suggest that Valdimarsson is edging closer to a departure during Swedish football’s off-season.

 

“Hakon is really good,” Stefan Andreasson tells Fotboll Direkt. “And we have discussions with some clubs.

 

“We’ll talk next week about which options are available. Which are concrete.

 

What’s good for Elfsborg and what’s good for him. Then we’ll see. It’s getting close.”

 

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Andreasson, speaking after Elfsborg held an open training session on Friday, admitted that he is flattered to have caught the eye of Unai Emery’s Champions League-chasing Aston Villa outfit.

 

However, he also pointed out that the promise of regular game time would likely play a big role in choosing his next club.

 

And the number one role at Villa Park looks beyond him unless Emiliano Martinez – the club’s World Cup-winning shot-stopper – departs first.

 

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“It is big. They are a top club in the Premier League and they are playing really well.

 

It is huge to see that they are interested. It shows that I have done well,” Valdimarsson explains to Aftonbladet.

 

“That could be (a good move for me). It’s top players, it’s the highest quality of everything.

 

Training with some of the world’s best players is good for your development.”

 

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“FCK (Copenhagen) is a big club. They have played in the Champions League two years in a row and are probably Scandinavia’s biggest team.

 

It is not as big as the Premier League, but it could also be a good step,” Valdimarsson adds.

 

“The goal is always to be able to play, if I move. Right now, I’m in Elfsborg and don’t know what will happen.

 

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