Celtic Expecting To Take 3.7M Hit On Transfer Flop Ahead Of Possible Summer Sale

Celtic Expecting To Take 3.7M Hit On Transfer Flop Ahead Of Possible Summer Sale

Celtic are hoping to sell goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas for around €1.5m (£1.3m), according to reports in the Greek media.

The 28-year-old has been sent out on loan to Eredivisie side FC Utrecht for the rest of the season, but the Hoops are looking to offload him on a permanent basis next summer.

It is believed that a number of clubs are interested in Barkas, after performing well during his time in the Netherlands, so there is optimism that Celtic will at least recoup some of the money they paid for the player two years ago.

The Scottish champions shelled out a hefty £5m for the Greek international’s services when he joined from AEK Athens in 2020. However, it was clear from a very early stage that he wasn’t good enough to be the Hoops’ number one.

Following his arrival at Celtic Park, manager Ange Postecoglou recruited Joe Hart almost straight away to strengthen his options in between the sticks, which meant Barkas had to spend a whole year on the sidelines. A better spell in Holland has regained some of his transfer value but the club will still have to take a substantial hit in order to sell him.