A look at AEK's summer targets
AEK will be making a return to the Champions League (qualifying rounds) and in order to be fully ready and competitive at the end of July, many reinforcements are needed in multiple positions. Moreover, the roster needs a clean up while the club looks to keep key players from last season.
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Dimitris Melissanidis is willing to dig deep in his pockets to bring AEK to the next level based on rumours regarding AEK’s signing targets. AGONAsport.com takes a look at the names that have popped up on AEK’s rumour mill and the status of each case.
Leandro Cabrera: AEK have already approached the 25-year old stopper who can also play as a left wing back. Cabrera, who is being released from Zaragoza, has also drawn the attention of teams from Mexico and the Spanish la Liga.
Last season’s statistics: 38 appearances, 2 goals, 2 assists, 7 yellow cards, 0 red cards, 3,413’ playing time (89.8’ per game)
Nabil Bahoui: Bahoui’s career is going through a tough phase. Last season he barely saw playing time at Hamburg as he was on the reserve squad for quite a long time. Bahoui hopes to find a team where he can be given playing time if he wants to earn his place back on the Swedish national team. The player’s contract with the German team expires next summer and a loan move to AEK could be a possible solution, although the Germans prefer to sell him.
Last season’s statistics (first team): 2 appearances, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 yellow cards, 0 red cards, 157’ playing time (78.5’ per game)
Jorge Franco Alviz (Burgui): Manolo Jimenez has openly expressed his interest in grabbing the player from Real Madrid on a loan deal. However, he noted that his move to Athens won’t be easy. The player comes from a full season with Gijon and currently 4 teams from the Spanish Primera are interested in signing him.
Last season’s statistics: 34 appearances, 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 yellow cards, 0 red cards, 2,101’ playing time (61.5’ per game)
Isaac Cuenca: Cuenca is also referred to as a top class player similar to Burgui. He has played for Barcelona, Deportivo la Coruna, Ajax, and Bursaspor. The 26-year old is coming off of a full season with Granada in the Spanish la Liga and with Granada suffering relegation this season, Cuenca can be signed as a free agent.
Last season’s statistics: 26 appearances, 2 goals, 2 yellow cards, 0 red cards, 1,739’ playing time (66.8’ per game)
Nacho Scocco: Scocco is set on leaving leave Newells’ Old Boys as the club faces deep financial problems. AEK clearly want him back in Athens and he is flattered with the idea of his return to the “Enosis”. However, AEK are not the only team interested in Scocco as the likes of Independiente, River Plate, and even reams from the MLS are interested in the player. AEK do not want to draw out his case and are planning to give the player a deadline for his final answer within the following days.
Last season’s statistics: 20 appearances, 11 goals, 3 assists, 0 yellow cards, 0 red cards, 1,700’ playing time (85’ per game)
Sergio Araujo: Araujo’s return to AEK is up to Las Palmas. AEK have made contact with the Spanish club, asking for the extension of the player’s loan deal for one more season, however Las Palmas’ intentions are to sell him for a decent price. In the case that no buyer gives their asking price, they will likely loan him to AEK for another season with hopes of seeing his stock rise as he plays for a team that he truly loves.
Statistics (Las Palmas): 12 appearances, 2 goals, 1 assists, 2 yellow cards, 0 red cards, 542’ playing time (45.1’ per game)
Last season’s statistics(AEK): 22 appearances, 9 goals, 6 assists, 4 yellow cards, 0 red cards, 1621’ playing time (77’ per game).
Jakob Johansson’s has been a tremendous asset for AEK over the last 3 years. Moreover, his most recent appearance with the Swedish national team against France have increased his stock. Both facts have not been overlooked by AEK and the club is set to extend the 26-year old’s contract for at least 3 more years while doubling his salary. However, according to his manager, no official offer has been made to the player.
As for Dimitris Kolovetsios, it looks as if he will be leaving the Enosis after the defender turned downed AEK’s contract renewal offer. The Kitrinomavri have already approached Leandro Cabrera, and with the presence of Chygrynskiy, Vranjes, Lambropoulos and the return of Tzanetopoulos, the stopper position is at max capacity. Rumours have connected Kolovetsios with PAOK and Panathinaikos, however the player’s will is to continue his career abroad with teams from Belgium interested in his case.