AEK-Kone a win-win situation
After Sergio Araujo, Panagiotis Kone also returned to AEK on the last day of the transfer window, in a move that can prove to be a beneficial for both the club and the player.
Panagiotis Kone was the ninth and final addition to AEK’s roster in this summer’s transfer window and returns to AEK after 9 years. He returns as different and more mature player, having spent most of his career abroad while being an active international for Greece.
After being released from AEK in 2008, Kone joined Iraklis and made 49 appearances in 2 years with the Giraios. He then made a jump aboard to Italian side Brescia, however after Brescia’s relegation to the Serie B in 2011, Kone moved to Bologna, where he made 94 appearances with 13 goals scored. One of his 13 goals was a spectacular scissor-kick volley at the Stadio San Paolo against Napoli which gave his side all three points in a 2–3 away victory.
Kone's Scissor-kick volley against Napoli
Despite the interest shown from Torino and Palermo, Udinese signed Kone in 2014, for a €5 million transfer fee.
On January 31, 2016, Kone joined Fiorentina on a loan deal from Udinese, however the midfielder struggled with injuries at the club and was never really given an opportunity to show his true potential. As a result, he returned to Udinese only to be given on loan to Granada in January 2017. Again, bad luck followed him to Spain, as injuries did not give him a chance to earn playing time with the La Liga side. This summer, Kone decided to return to Greece for AEK on a one-year loan deal from the Italian side.
Kone’s return to AEK can provide Jimenez with an additional option in multiple positions in the midfield. AEK’s loan deal with Udinese includes a buyout clause with the terms looking to be rather favorable for the Enosis as AEK will cover only €250.000 of the player’s €850.000 contract.
Kone’s move to AEK can only be looked at as a win-win situation for both sides. Kone wants to re-find his form through AEK, while the Kitrinomavri gain a player that can play a key role in the season and at his full potential, can make a difference on the pitch.