Greek website Sport Time have claimed that Celtic are ‘very close’ to agreeing personal terms with AEK Athens goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas – but the two sides remain some way apart in agreeing a fee for the 6ft 4in stopper.
Barkas, 26, has been linked with Celtic for much of the campaign as the Hoops look to bring a goalkeeper to the club. Talks to re-sign Fraser Forster for a third time look to have broke down, meaning Celtic must consider other options.
A 10-time Greece international, Barkas kept 16 clean sheets in 33 games last season – conceding just 26 goals. He has 111 outings for AEK under his belt, with only 84 goals being scored and 61 clean sheets in total.
The report states that Celtic and Barkas have come ‘very close’ to agreeing personal terms, but that Celtic are some way off AEK’s asking price. The Hoops had tabled an offer worth £3.2million, plus £900,000 in bonuses.
However, that offer was rejected. AEK rate Barkas in the region of £6.4million and £7.3million. AEK are now awaiting Celtic’s next move, with a second offer believed to be fortcoming.
TBR’s view – Compromise is needed, Barkas a top signing
If Celtic can find a compromise with AEK – perhaps a fee of £5million – then they would be landing a top goalkeeper for a very decent price. AEK, though, will want top dollar for a goalkeeper they know could cost more in the future.
Any foreign player moving to Britain will find their value increases as they enter the media spotlight on a more regular basis. Barkas is rated as high as £8million, but a decent couple of season at Celtic and it could double.
That is why AEK will look to receive every last penny possible.