Report: Celtic are in a stalemate with AEK over Vasilios Barkas transfer

By John McGinley

July 25, 2020

Celtic have made no progress on the signing of Vasilios Barkas from AEK Athens over the last few days, The Daily Record has reported this weekend.

As we discussed last night, the Scottish champions made an initial £3.5m bid for the goalkeeper, which was rejected.

It was said by Greek outlet Sport24 that Celtic had returned to negotiations on Tuesday.

However, The Daily Record now report that there have been no changes to the situation over the last few days and that no agreement has yet been reached for his purchase.

Celtic continue to explore other options, the paper says, as AEK prepare to drive up his price tag by capitalising on interest from other clubs.

The Scottish champions really need to sign a goalkeeper after the departures of Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon.

Only Scott Bain remains as a viable senior option and with just over a week to go until the start of the season, the recruitment team needs to pull something out of the bag.

Barkas ticks all the boxes with excellent experience at AEK, exposure to Champions League football, a title win in his history and ten international caps won.

A multi-million-pound deal for the 26-year-old would go a long away towards appeasing fans who are hoping to see a genuine number one arrive at the club.

How it all now plays out is in the hands of the transfer gods.

Celtic target Vasilios Barkas / (Photo by Robert Hradil/Getty Images)

With ten-in-a-row on the line, surely Celtic won’t be playing too much hardball on targets over the next couple of months?

Identify who Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond want then deliver those players if they fall within a reasonable budget.

If only it was that simple!

In other news, a former teammate of Steven Fletcher has claimed he wants to sign for Celtic this summer.