Greek FW representative Giorgos Giakumakis (28), who belongs to Celtic, is expected to leave Celtic within this month, while Japanese players such as Japanese FW representative Kyogo Furuhashi (28) are active. Urawa Reds and MLS (Major League Soccer) Atlanta United have been fighting for Giamakis, but on the 27th, it was confirmed that he would be transferred to Urawa Reds.
Celtic have rejected a loan offer from Atlanta United, according to reports from Greek newspaper SDNA. “Giakumakis is on his way to transfer to Urawa Reds,” he said. “He has passed a medical check in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. He is about to return to Glasgow to complete a series of transfer procedures.” Urawa Red Diamonds will pay a transfer fee of 5 million euros (about 700 million yen) to Celtic for the player.
On the other hand, the British newspaper “Daily Record” reports that Anderlecht, a strong player in the Dutch first division, is interested in Giamakis. Anderlecht left FW Fabio Silva (20) on the 24th of this month. Although the name of Giakumakis has been mentioned as a candidate to succeed Silva, it is said that no offer has been submitted at this time.
As for the location of the battle for Giamakis, the Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who is familiar with the transfer market, reported on the 16th of this month, “Urawa Reds reached an agreement between the clubs for the transfer of Giamakis.”
On the other hand, Giakumakis himself is keen to transfer to MLS due to family circumstances. Several media outlets including “SDNA” reported on the 24th that “Gikmakis has agreed to transfer to Atlanta United”, but it is very likely that Urawa Reds won the battle.