VVV-Venlo want saga surrounding Celtic-linked Georgios Giakoumakis to end this week

By David Walton

August 22, 2021

VVV-Venlo CEO Mark Bogers has stated that he wants the Georgios Giakoumakis saga to end this week, stating that he won’t wait for the final hours of the transfer window to sell.

The Dutch side saw their star-striker first linked with Celtic last week. Ange Postecoglou was said to have held positive discussions with the Greece international about a move to Glasgow [Daily Record].

However, since then, the move has taken several twists and turns. At the end of last week it was reported that Celtic had saw an offer of £2.5m accepted [Daily Record]. That was then refuted by the Scottish Sun.

Venlo chief Bogers would state towards the end of last week that he expects more clubs to come in for the player [Scottish Sun]. And now, he’s said that he wants the saga to be over and done with by the end of the week.

As quoted by German outlet Kreiszeitung, Bogers said: “This week it has to be concrete. We won’t wait until the last day. It is important to keep calm, to do the right thing and to get the best for the club.”

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So Celtic have effectively been given a timescale to get their move for Giakoumakis wrapped up by. If we haven’t brought him in by the end of the week, then the Dutch club effectively say they’ll pull the plug.

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Which is totally understandable. This is the cost of leaving certain deals until the last minute. If you back clubs into a corner heading into the final week or two of the window, many will simply take their chances.

After all, what’s truly in this for VVV if they sell their top asset in the final days of the window? A couple of million? Whereas they would be losing their top scorer who could fire them straight up to the Eredivisie again this season.

That’s the balance Venlo are trying to strike. They’ve effectively set a deadline for this to be resolved by the end of the week. That should suit Celtic too, who really need to bring in an Odsonne Edouard replacement just in case he’s sold.

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There is no clear favourite in the race for Giakoumakis at the moment. Werder Bremen still appear to be Celtic’s biggest foe. However, it remains to be seen if other clubs enter the race in the final phase of the window.

But regardless of that, Celtic know what they have to do. If Giakoumakis is to be a Parkhead player this season, we’ll need to move quickly.

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