Atlanta United in talks to sign forward Giorgios Giakoumakis from Celtic

Atlanta United in talks to sign forward Giorgios Giakoumakis from Celtic
Atlanta United in talks to sign forward Giorgios Giakoumakis from Celtic

It looks like Atlanta United could be set to announce the replacement next starting striker following the departure of longtime club star Josef Martinez last week.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Atlanta United are indeed in talks with Celtic club Giakoumakis after earlier reports emerged that a then-unidentified MLS team had entered the tender.

Giakoumakis appeared to be headed for Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds as mentioned, but a team entered the process late – and that team now appears to be leading the race to sign the Greek.

Sam Jones of The Striker (and of Five Stripe Final) shared this quote from the Celtic manager on Twitter yesterday.

Giakoumakis, 28, is a European veteran who played in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. He made his breakthrough in the 2020/21 season in the Netherlands’ top flight, the Eredivisie, scoring 26 league goals in 30 appearances (all starts) for VVV Venlo. While the Eredivisie is a notoriously easy league to score in, it was still an impressive achievement that propelled him into Scotland’s top team at Celtic.

The interesting twist in this report from Romano is that he states he would be a Designated Player signing. Garth Lagerwey recently hinted in a podcast with AJC’s Doug Roberson that the club are considering placing the team’s current unused DP tag on Marcelino Moreno – who is on loan at Cortiba – which would then open up the whole TAM Moreno needs to buy out his contract at an acceptable level. If this agreement is indeed a DP agreement, then the tag cannot be used on Moreno. But it remains possible that at some point in the future, Atlanta United could buy Giakoumakis off the DP label. This exact scenario happened to Moreno himself, who was originally acquired as a Designated Player (just like Alan Franco).

Start thinking of nicknames that are easier to say than Giorgios Giakoumakis.

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. Report Atlanta United talks for sign striker Giorgios Giakoumakis Celtic

. Atlanta United talks sign Giorgios Giakoumakis Celtic

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