Report: How much Utrecht are paying for Barkas; Celtic expectations of future transfer fee

By David Walton

June 8, 2022

Utrecht are paying as much as two-thirds of Vasilis Barkas’ Celtic wage, according to Greek outlet Sport 24.

Barkas has moved to the Eredivise club on a season-long loan deal after failing to make the grade at Parkhead over the last two years.

It’s stated in the report that Utrecht couldn’t afford to pay Barkas’ full Celtic wage. However, they have been able to stump up for the vast majority of it as the Hoops manage to get the Greek goalkeeper largely off the payroll.

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In addition to that, Sport 24 also report that Celtic were initially in talks over a one-year extension to Barkas’ contract. The reason for this being that they were looking to maximise his transfer valuation should he impress in the Netherlands.

This is something Celtic potentially revisit before the end of next season, with Barkas’ contract officially up in the summer of 2024.

Reliable Greek journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos has tweeted that there is no option to buy agreement within the contract.

Celtic loan agreement for Barkas looks a positive step towards permanent departure

The prospect of Barkas’ contract being extended by any length of time may make some supporters raise an eyebrow. However, in truth, it would potentially be smart business from Celtic.

It would be frustrating to see him have a hugely impressive campaign with Utrecht and then find him leaving permanently for a nominal fee. By increasing his deal by an extra year, we would be maximising our chances of a better transfer figure.

That’s still to happen of course, with no confirmation from Celtic that they’ve decided to extend the player’s contract. Certainly something to consider however as the season goes on.

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With regards to his wages, it’s a fine deal for the club. If Utrecht are indeed paying two-thirds of his pay-packet, it frees up a substantial figure in the wage budget for the Hoops.

The all-round deal is just beneficial for both parties. Barkas has an opportunity to rebuild his reputation once again whilst Celtic can potentially raise his valuation and get more clubs interested in him next summer. Much better than sitting on the sidelines doing nothing for a year.

Now, it’s down to the former AEK Athens man to start delivering.

In other news, Celtic-linked Benjamin Siegrist previously showed an interest in Hoops move