Transfer Latest – Reliable Greek journalist reports IFK Gothenburg’s interest in Vasilis Barkas

After his train journey to Sheffield earlier this week didn’t result in a Celtic departure, former AEK Athens goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas could now travel to Sweden to sign for IFK Goteborg – this is the latest news from this afternoon by reliable Greek journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos.

Could Barkas play football here?

Giannis Chorianopoulos was on the verge of making money every step of the way as Celtic chased Barkas in the summer of 2020. The transfer was eventually completed with Celtic paying a record fee for a goalkeeper of around 4.5 million following Fraser Forster’s decision to stay at Southampton and fight for his place rather than accept the offer of a permanent return to Celtic.

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is believed to have had Forster’s word that he would return, but ultimately the huge wages he was receiving at Southampton meant there was no return to heaven for the ‘English and instead Celtic turned their attention to Barkas, who had played. well against Celtic in the 2018 Champions League qualifiers.

Barkas arrived in Scotland amid the pandemic, played his football mostly behind closed doors and never seemed comfortable playing for the club. It should be noted that for a player coming from Greece to play Scottish football, with no fans and all sorts of restrictions on his private life while in a foreign country and with Celtic descending into the shambles of a club for most of the last season, Barkas had little to no chance of success.

Maybe that could have changed under Ange Postecoglou, who was ready to give everyone his chance after joining the club, but Barkas never took that chance either and in August Joe Hart was brought in from Tottenham, as a seasoned goalkeeper.

December 26, 2021; McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, St Johnstone v Celtic; Celtic’s Vasilis Barkas warming up

And Scott Bain, who recently signed a contract extension at the club, is the obvious choice as a substitute along with several promising young goalkeepers at the club or on loan. So it looks like there is no room for Barkas, usefully he will move on and continue to restore his form and confidence, perhaps playing in Sweden as Giannis Chorianopoulos indicates this afternoon.