Alafouzos Approves Plans for Next Season
Panathinaikos President Giannis Alafouzos met with the club’s technical director Nikos Lymberopoulos and coach Marinos Ouzounidis to lay out the plans for next season.
In the meeting, Alafouzos announced the budget for next season which will be approximately €7 Million.
In order to have a clearer idea of the available budget, Ouzounidis and Lymberopoulos’ first priority will be to cleanup the roster for next season. Highly paid players, including Rinaldi and Wakaso, are expected to leave the club seeing that they have not met the team’s expectations.
Sources mention that apart from Panathinaikos’ core line-up and the youngsters, the remaining players’ future at the club remain all but certain. Players that are expected to remain next season include: Vlahodimos, Coulibaly, Moledo, Koutroubis, Hult, Kourbelis, Zeka, Villafanez, M'Poku, Klonaridis, Berg, Leto, Lod, Molins, Hatziyovanis, Evanggelou, Staikos, and Pispas.
Panathinaikos have raised their expectations for next season and demand quality players from the bench that will help the team when needed. This is a main focus of both Ouzounidis’ and Lyberopoulos’ plans for the off season.
The Trifylli will look to sign two wing backs, a center midfielder, and a winger (with more passing abilities than Klonaridis) over the summer. Klonaridis, who is on loan at Panathinaikos, will likely remain in Athens as Panathinaikos are willing to pay Lens the €150,000 buy out clause in the loan deal.
On the other hand, it is probable that M'Poku will return to Chievo Verona at the conclusion of his loan spell. The Italian side demand a sum that exceeds Panathinaikos’ giving price for M'Poku’s permanent move to the Prasini.
Giannis Alafouzos also demanded from Ouzounidis and Lymberopoulos to focus on the youngsters from the academies, as he believes that the club houses players of great potential and they cannot be forgotten.
However, next season’s plans will be final after the conclusion of the Greek SuperLeague playoffs when Panathinaikos have a clearer picture of which European competition they will compete in.