AEK exit looks inevitable for reported £7m Celtic target Vassilis Barkas

Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League group E match between Celtic FC and Lazio Roma at Celtic Park on October 24, 2019 in Glasgow, United...

Vassilis Barkas hasn't played a single minute of Super League football for AEK Athens since Scottish Premiership champions Celtic were linked.

Official Superleague 2019-20 photoshoot, Vassilis Barkas Goalkeeper, AEK FC,August 18, 2019,  Spata, Greece. Photo by: Nikos Mitsouras

Vassilis Barkas might have already played his last game for AEK Athens – and we are still seven weeks away from the January transfer window.

The Dutch-born Greek international was nowhere to be seen as the 2018 Super Lig champions beat Atromitos 3-2 on Saturday. That was the third game in a row where Barkas has been left out of the matchday squad with the last 25-year-old last featuring during a goalless draw with Larisa on October 5.

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And it is surely no coincidence that, while AEK conceded an average of one goal a game with Barkas between the sticks, they have let in two per game since he was dropped.

It seems only a matter of time before Barkas bids farewell to AEK and the capital club themselves already appear to have consigned themselves to his departure.

 

Sportime claims that Celtic are big fans of a shot-stopper valued at £7 million with AEK director Ilija Ivic deciding that finding a new club for the long-serving number one is a ‘priority’ in the new year (Sportime).

Then again, the chances of Barkas arriving at Celtic as early as January seem somewhat unlikely – unless Southampton re-call Fraser Forster of course.

Goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas of AEK Athen looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Ajax and AEK Athens at Johan Cruyff Arena on September 19, 2018 in Amsterdam,...

Forster has shone on loan and should be first choice until the end of the season and, behind him, Scott Bain and Craig Gordon are still waiting in the wings.

A summer deal might be more probable but will Barkas really accept another six months out of the side?

AEK's goalkeeper Vassilis Barkas in action during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match SL Benfica vs AEK Athens FC at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal on December 12, 2018

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