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Celtic can finally axe Barkas with transfer swoop for Nikola Vasilj

Celtic have been linked with a move for St Pauli goalkeeper Nikola Vasilj ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.

What’s the news?

According to a recent report from Football Insider, the Hoops are “closely monitoring” the shot-stopper, along with Premier League club Wolves and Championship outfit West Bromwich Albion. The report claimed that the Bosnian “could be available for a cut-price fee of around £1.25m.”

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The 26-year-old, who is valued at £1.08m by Transfermarkt, joined his current club last summer after leaving Ukrainian outfit Zorya Luhansk on a free transfer.

Throughout his debut campaign in the German second tier, Vasilj made 33 league appearances and kept seven clean sheets in the process, with 86 saves made from 128 shots on target faced.

Bye-bye Barkas

In terms of a potential move to Parkhead for the shot-stopper, this could give the Hoops the chance to finally get rid of one of their current goalkeeping options in Vasilis Barkas.

Signed from AEK Athens two years ago in a deal worth a reported fee of £4.5m, the 28-year-old has sadly proven to have been a rather dismal addition to Celtic’s ranks. With just 24 Hoops appearances to his name, the Greek international has conceded 23 goals in total.

Taking into account how he only made two appearances for Ange Postecoglou’s side across all competitions this season and failed to keep a clean sheet on both occasions, rarely even being named in the matchday squad, it’s safe to say that he’s not particularly high up in the pecking order.

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In fact, his first and penultimate appearance of the season saw him make what was described as a “catastrophic” error by Michael Stewart during their Champions League qualifying second round tie against FC Midtjylland last July.

It was reported in March that the goalkeeper had demanded to leave Parkhead in the summer, which could be why they have now been linked with a move for Vasilj.

If Celtic can finally bring an end to Barkas’ rather poor spell at the club and bring in the Bosnian as his replacement, this could be an ideal situation for all parties.

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Article title: Celtic can finally axe Barkas with transfer swoop for Nikola Vasilj

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