Celtic have re-entered negotiations with AEK Athens regarding the purchase of goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas, Greek outlet Sport24 reports today.
The report states that the Scottish champions made an initial offer of £3.5m last week, plus a 5% sell-on fee, that was rejected by AEK.
This week however negotiations have resumed and Director of Football Operations Nick Hammond is hoping to conclude business quickly.
It’s said by Sport24 that Hammond, who is Barkas’ biggest fan within the club, foresees the player’s market value increasing later this year.
Celtic are also in talks with the representatives of the 10-cap Greek international already.
The report explains that the Bhoys have offered €580,000-a-year plus bonuses as a salary, which today exchanges to around £10,000-a-week.
If Barkas is to arrive in Glasgow, it appears we’ll have to increase our offerings to both the club and the player.
Sport24 say a bid of €5m, with a 10% sell-on clause, alongside a contract proposal of €620,000-a-year should seal the deal for Celtic.
Clearly there is a long way to go before we can be confident of this deal concluding but it does appear that Hammond is being persistent in the pursuit of his Fraser Forster replacement.
The club committing to a multi-million-pound target will give fans a bit of hope that Barkas is indeed the man to be our number one in a potential ten-in-a-row season.
Barkas has an impressive record at AEK, keeping 61 clean sheets in 111 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
Having made a breakthrough into the Greek national team, he also has experience at Champions League group stage level.
It’d be fantastic to see Celtic managing to get this one over the line before the start of the Scottish Premiership next season, even if Scott Bain is likely to be in goal against Hamilton at this point regardless.