Bristol City face stiff competition from Scottish giants, Celtic and Rangers in their pursuit of Czech international centre-back, Tomas Kalas.

Since making his Premier League debut for Chelsea in a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield in April 2014, the former Czech under-19 international has enjoyed spells at Köln, Middlesbrough, Fulham and Bristol City.

The 26-year-old made 41 appearances for the Robins last season in all competitions last season. In order to stave off competition, the Championship side are willing to make Kalas their highest paid player. However, both Scottish clubs can offer European football.

Should he make the move to Bristol, Kalas will join former Chelsea teammate and highly-rated youth prospect, Jay Dasilva, who signed for Lee Johnson’s side yesterday.

Celtic’s failed pursuit of Aberdeen centre-back, Scott McKenna means they could lean towards Kalas as a cheaper alternative. Manager, Neil Lennon admitted that this was a position the Scottish champions needed to bolster. Centre-backs Dedryck Boyata and Mickael Lustig have departed Glasgow for Hertha Berlin and Gent respectively, whilst Filip Benkovic has returned to Leicester at the end of his loan spell with the Scottish champions.

Hull City are also linked to the Czech defender, having developed a fruitful relationship with Chelsea in previous seasons. Ola Aina, Michael Hector and Fikayo Tomori signed for the Humberside club during the tenure of Leonid Slutsky, a close friend of owner Roman Abramovich.


Chris Bradford 


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