Celtic are very close to securing their first signing of the summer transfer window after reportedly agreeing a transfer fee.
Celtic’s initial transfer business this season has involved letting go off players without any immediate futures at the club with the exception of one Jonny Hayes. But with 10IAR up for grabs next season, they were bound to dip into the market and bring in new players sooner or later.
One position they would not have expected to strengthen in though was goalkeeper as most people thought that Fraser Forster would jump at the chance to return to Celtic. Things turned out quite differently though as the Englishman rejected a move back to Parkhead despite another loan deal being agreed between the two clubs.
As a result, the Hoops had to look at other options with names of players like Joe Hart and David Marshall cropping up. But Greek international Vasilios Barkas always seemed like the best option to go for. Although the fact that he would come at a premium cost meant that Celtic could lose out on him by penny-pinching, as they have done so many times in the past.
This time though, the club’s recruiting department seems to have done their job as according to recent reports, they are to be very close to completing a transfer after agreeing a €5 million fee along with a 10% sell on clause for AEK Athens. The Athletic’s Kieran Devlin appeared to confirm the news earlier:
This is certainly great news for Celtic on multiple fronts. Firstly they are getting a goalkeeper who has already made 10 appearances for Greece and has enough experience of playing at the top level. Secondly, the club have shown that they are down to do business this time around by agreeing such a massive transfer early in the transfer window. Love to see it!