Report: Celtic open dialogue with AEK regarding Vasilios Barkas

By John McGinley

July 3, 2020

Celtic have been in touch with Greek side AEK about what it would take to sign star goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas, The Scottish Daily Mail reports.

With the quest to sign Fraser Forster hitting the buffers over the last few days, manager Neil Lennon has been left with a goalkeeping problem.

Currently, Scott Bain is the only recognised senior shot-stopper at the club and the start of the Scottish Premiership season is just weeks away.

This morning we discussed that two more targets were in Celtic’s sights beyond widely reported links to Forster, David Marshall and Joe Hart.

We pondered whether the club might be pursuing a younger player who could sign up at Celtic Park, in contrast to that veteran trio.

That seems to be the case, with journalist Stephen McGowan reporting in The Mail that Celtic lodged an enquiry about his availability earlier this week.

The response? A £5m fee will be needed to land the AEK regular, who was part of the team that knocked Brendan Rodgers’ team out of 2018/19 Champions League qualification.

The ten-cap Greek international isn’t going cheap but does have plenty of experience at a good level, making over 100 appearances for his club across all competitions.

Reported Celtic target Vasilios Barkas / (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Some might prefer those resources going towards a Forster deal but there’s something to be said for signing an emerging internationalist who is about to enter his peak years.

What it does show is that Celtic casting the net pretty far and wide in their search for a potential Forster replacement, meaning we can have more faith in whoever Lennon chooses to go with in the end.