Union Berlin have completed the signing of right-back Josip Juranovic from Celtic in a deal worth up to £10m.
For an initial fee believed to be £7.5m plus add-ons, the Croatian finalized his switch to the Bundesliga side on Sunday.
He was 27 years old He was a target for Chelsea in January.while the Spanish side Barcelona and Atletico Madrid were also considering a move for him.
Celtic wanted to keep Juranovic in Glasgow and negotiated a better new contract. However, neither side could reach an agreement before departing for the World Cup in Qatar.
The former Legia Warsaw defender left the Scottish Premiership after joining in August 2021 for £2.5m.
Celtic said in a statement: “The Croatian defender has moved to the German club having won both the league title and League Cup in his first season with the Hoops and has since reached the semi-finals of the Qatar World Cup with his national team. Reached the final where they lost to the eventual winners, Argentina.
“Everyone at the club wishes Josep all the best in his future career.”
Juranovic told his new club’s website: “The move to Union fulfilled my dream of being able to play in one of the best football leagues in the world. The Bundesliga is intense and strong, which suits my game.
“I’m looking forward to playing in front of the fans at the Alte Forsterei soon. In Berlin, I want to improve further and take the next step in my career.”
Celtic have already announced the signing of Canadian right-back Alastair Johnston on a five-year contract.
The Hoops paid an initial fee of £3.5m for the CF Montreal defender, who has already made three appearances for Ange Postecoglou since joining earlier this month.
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