It looks like the long and drawn out Celtic and Georgios Giakoumakis transfer saga is finally over, and the player will be leaving the Hoops and making the move to the United States.
With the transfer deadline day window getting ready to slam shut, Sky Sports News news editor Anthony Joseph took to Twitter to provide an update on Giakoumakis.
He revealed that the Hoops and Atlanta United have agreed a deal worth £4.3m for the striker, with the Hoops getting £3.5m for the striker up-front, with the rest of the fee in add-ons, and that the player has agreed personal terms with the MLS side.
Twitter: UPDATE: Atlanta United and Celtic have agreed a deal worth £4.3m for striker Giorgos Giakoumakis.
It’s understood… https://t.co/zk7XZr5Yms (@AnthonyRJoseph)
Should the move be completed, then the 28-year-old striker will leave the Hoops after spending a year and a half at Celtic Park, scoring 26 goals in 57 appearances.
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It has seemed inevitable that Giakoumakis was going to leave Celtic, and now it seems that his time at the club is up, and he can leave with his head held high, know that he played a big part in helping the Hoops win the title last season.
Remember, the forward was the joint top scorer in the Scottish Premiership in season 2021/22, and arguably if it wasn’t for the goals he scored, then Ange Postecoglou might not have won the title in his first season as Celtic manager.
What was all the more impressive about Giakoumakis’ goal tally is that he was rarely first choice striker, Kyogo was, but he still managed to find the back of the net on a regular basis for the Bhoys. That is the sign of a good striker, and in season 2021/22, Giakoumakis was certainly a good striker for the Bhoys.
Interestingly, the MLS transfer window is open later than the rest of the transfer windows, it doesn’t have the same 31st of January deadline that there is in Scotland, perhaps that indicates that Celtic are going to spend the money they receive for Giakoumakis on another signing before the transfer window closes? Only time will tell on that front.
The Hoops will have two striker on the books in Kyogo and Hyeongyu Oh, maybe the club will add a third before the transfer window closes tonight, or perhaps the Bhoys won’t feel that another forward is needed.
In the meantime, Giakoumakis and Celtic were both good for each other, and he will leave Celtic with the best wishes of the Hoops support.