Some surprising figures have emerged alongside news that a move to Sheffield United for Vasilis Barkas has broken down.
The goalkeeper is at best third choice at Celtic but according to the figures initially published in the Daily Mail is picking up more than £1m a year in wages.
Barkas was signed in the summer of 2020 soon after moves to bring in Fraser Foster fell through but the Greek internationalist never convinced behind an ever changing Celtic defence.
Earlier today The Sun reported:
The Daily Mail report the English Championship club have ditched a move over the financial demands involved.
They say Celtic wanted a loan fee on top of a huge percentage of his wages covered plus a £2.5million option to buy in the summer included.
The deal was also to include a percentage of any future sale. Barkas is also believed to have had interest from an unnamed Swedish club but they were also priced out of a temporary move for the former AEK Athens man.
Getting Barkas off the wage bill with two and a half years to run on his contract would be a major achievement without trying to recoup part of his transfer fee or get a portion of any future deal.
With less than a week to go it will be a game of cat and mouse with Celtic clearly having no future plans for the former Greek internationalist.
Barkas looked like getting a new chance at Celtic under Ange Postecoglou but after another howler at home to Midtjylland in a Champions League qualifier he was replaced by Scott Bain with Joe Hart signed less than a fortnight later.