Wed, Oct

HOOPS CHASE Levi Garcia ‘transfer price revealed’ as Celtic on high-alert over target

AEK ATHENS have named their asking price for Celtic FC target Levi Garcia, according to a report.

SunSport revealed last month that Ange Postecoglou has been keeping tabs on the free-scoring Greece-based striker this season.

The prolific forward, who has 18 goals to his name this campaign, has been regularly scouted by the Hoops this year as the former Socceroos boss prepares to add attacking reinforcements to his squad.

Standing at 6ft, the powerful hitman looks set to leave AEK at the end of the season with over FOURTEEN teams said to be interested in the wideman.

The Trinidad and Tobago international joined the Greek side for around £1.9million from Beitar Jerusalem in 2020 and still has two years remaining on his current deal.

And AEK are reportedly keen on off-loading the forward in the summer to make a healthy profit, but Celtic have been dealt a blow in the race to sign him.

It's being suggested by Sportime journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos that the Greek giants are holding out for around €15million for the player, leaving a deal for Celtic unlikely.

He tweeted: "AEK Athens will not consider any offer for their striker Levi García, for less than €15m."

It's understood that Garcia, who has eight goals in 36 appearances for Trinidad and Tobago, has been eyed as a potential replacement for Liel Abada, whose future at Parkhead remains uncertain.

The Israeli winger has been linked with a host of clubs this season including Premier League and Portuguese teams.

The 21-year-old recently insisted that he is fully focused on Celtic though and isn't interested in transfer talk with the summer window fast approaching.

Earlier this month, he said: “I don’t care about what the newspapers or media says, I just care about how to improve every day, how to get better for the team, how to give 100 per cent.

“I am focused on getting the three trophies and this is the most important thing now.

“I am really happy at Celtic. Everyone looks after me and tries to help me get better. My relationships with the players and staff is very good.

"So I am really happy here. There is no rush. I have time. Right now we just focus to finish the season strong and this is the most important thing.

“When you play at a club like Celtic, there are a lot of great players, you have a lot of competition. But I am still young and I want to work hard every training session, every game, and help the team get our targets.

"It is the coach’s decision and, when the gaffer tells me I need to play, I will do the best for the team and try to get our target and this is the most important thing.”