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Celtic: Sheffield United fail with Vasilis Barkas swoop

Celtic: Sheffield United fail with Vasilis Barkas swoop -Celtic Transfer Rumours

Sheffield United have pulled out of talks to sign Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas, according to The Scottish Daily Mail.

The Lowdown: Surplus to requirements

The Hoops are looking to offload a number of players in the final days of the January transfer window after making five signings, with the Greece international among those expected to depart.

Ange Postecoglou has already allowed Conor Hazard to join HJK Helsinki on a year-long loan deal, leaving him with Joe Hart, Scott Bain and Barkas as senior goalkeeping options.

Barkas has made just one appearance under Postecoglou all season and Celtic have high hopes for youngster Tobi Oluwayemi, but it seems as if the Hoops won’t accept any offer for the 27-year-old.

The Latest: Nicholson digs in his heels

The Scottish Daily Mail [25/1/22, print edition p.79], as relayed by 67 Hail Hail, claimed that the Blades were keen on taking Barkas to Bramall Lane.

However, the Hoops – and by extension CEO Michael Nicholson – demanded a loan fee and for Sheffield United to cover the goalkeeper’s £20,000-a-week wage. As a result, the English Championship side have pulled out of talks, as have an unnamed Swedish club.

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The Verdict: Interesting

Celtic also wanted to include a £2.5m option-to-buy in any loan deal, along with a sell-on clause, after paying £4.5m for the Greece international in 2020.

You can see where the Hoops are coming from regarding numerous demands and clauses, but should they fail to offload Barkas this month, he could go several months without any first-team action.

You’d expect that such an eventuality would impact his market value in the summer, but hopefully the club can find him a new club before Monday’s transfer deadline.

In other news: Celtic now willing to offload ‘talented’ ace in final days of the window as well as Johnston

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