Bundesliga side Mainz have made contact with Vassilis Barkas’ representatives as they look to pip Celtic in the race to land the AEK Athens shot-stopper.
That’s according to Greek website Sdna.Gr, cited by Sports Witness, who claim that the German outfit have made their first steps in their bid to sign the €7 million-rated goalkeeper.
Celtic have identified the 25-year-old as a potential replacement for Southampton loanee Fraser Forster.
AEK Athens may well be planning for life without the Greece international after dropping him for their last three competitive fixtures.
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Mainz’s interest shouldn’t really come as a surprise, especially after they shipped eight against RB Leipzig last weekend.
They have leaked the most goals in the Bundesliga after 10 rounds with 27, so a move for Barkas could prove to be a smart one.
Celtic could well decide to step up their interest even further following the latest development, and it could well turn out to be a two-horse race for the ‘keeper’s services in the new year.