Journalist Pete O’Rourke made a request for release regarding Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas, believing it would be a “bonus” if the Hoops could receive payment for his services.
The Lowdown: Barkas ‘demands’ Celtic exit
The Greece international has made just two appearances under Ange Postecoglou this season, his last appearance against Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup in mid-February as an unused substitute.
The 27-year-old was lucky enough to leave Parkhead in the January transfer window but loans to Sheffield United and IFK Gothenburg fell through due to wage demands.
He has now ‘demanded’ to leave Celtic this summer and looks set to join winger Ben Doak in exiting Parkhead’s way out, with the youngster closing in on a move to Liverpool.
The latest: O’Rourke’s comments on Barkas
Talk to The Transfer Tavern, O’Rourke said Barkas was earning “decent money” at Glasgow, calling it a “bonus” for Celtic to be paid for the goalkeeper’s services. The journalist said:
“If Celtic can get him out of the wages book, because he has decent money there, that will help save some money. And if they can get him some compensation as well, that will be a bonus.
The verdict: exit necessary for Barkas
Postecoglou can count on Joe Hart and Scott Bain by the end of the season. Conor Hazard is on loan at HJK Helsinki and Tobi Oluwayemi arrives at Lennoxtown, so Barkas doesn’t seem to be needed at Glasgow.
The Hoops paid £4.5million for Barkas in 2020, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in club history.
His Transfermarkt valuation plummeted to £1.35m during his time in Scotland, proving his time at the club didn’t work out. If Celtic can secure a £1.35million fee, that would be a “bonus”, as O’Rourke put it.
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