Celtic are hopeful of offloading goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas in January, according to The Athletic’s Kieran Devlin.
The lowdown: Record breaker
Celtic signed Barkas as recently as July 2020, parting with £4.5million to recruit him from AEK Athens.
That actually made him the most expensive goalkeeper in the Hoops’ history.
The 27-year-old still has three years to run on his contract at Parkhead, but his Transfermarkt value has fallen to £2.52million.
The latest: Time to cash in
A source in Greece has revealed (via The Athletic) Celtic want to sell Barkas in the mid-season window and if that fails, they’ll look to secure a loan move.
Should he leave, Tobi Oluwayemi would likely be promoted to third choice behind Joe Hart and Scott Bain.
The verdict: Forgettable
It’s no surprise that Celtic want to cash in on Barkas, who’s of little use to them at the moment and on a frankly ridiculous £13,500-a-week.
However, they’ll surely struggle to get much of a return on their 2020 investment after he has slipped so far down the pecking order.
Ultimately, the record move has to be regarded a failure for the previous Celtic scouting department, one that Michael Nicholson and co will have to learn from the next time they look to recruit a true no.1.
In other news, Celtic have received a boost ahead of the League Cup semifinal.
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