Celtic: Giorgos Giakoumakis set for Atlanta United move
According to Fabrizio Romano, Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis is set to sign for MLS club Atlanta United.
The Lowdown: Four league starts
The Greece international has struggled for starts under Ange Postecoglou this season but has still made 28 appearances in all competitions. The 28-year-old has scored nine times but has made just seven starts, with only four of those coming in the Premiership.
He has been missing from the matchday squad entirely in recent weeks due to uncertainty over his future, but it looks as if a move away from Glasgow is now set to be complete.
The Latest: Giakoumakis Atlanta-bound
Romano took to Twitter on Saturday evening to share news that he’s heard out of Parkhead regarding Giakoumakis.
The transfer expert said that the forward is set to sign a three-year deal with Atlanta in a deal worth £4.3m, with ‘hijack completed’ ahead of Japanese suitors Urawa Red Diamonds.
The Verdict: Works for everyone?
An exit seemed inevitable for the player after contract talks stalled towards the end of 2022, and this deal should suit all parties.
Giakoumakis should get the chance to play regular first-team football once again, as Atlanta will be getting a proven goalscorer and Celtic will have made a nice £1.8m profit after spending £2.5m on his services in 2021.
A replacement was already brought in during the January transfer window by Postecoglou in Oh Hyeon-gyu, so everyone may well be satisfied by this update – apart from Urawa Red Diamonds, of course.