Berg’s disappointing deal compared to other Superleague transfers

Berg’s disappointing deal compared to other Superleague transfer

Marcus Berg was officially announced by Al Ain on Wednesday in a transfer deal that closed at a disappointing €2.5 million for Panathinaikos. Although Berg was the star with the Athenian club, the transfer fee does not reflect his actual quality especially when compared to past transfer deals involving Greek clubs.

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Marcus Berg is officially a player of Al Ain after Panathinaikos came to an agreement with the UAE club. Sources mention that the transfer deal closed at €3.3 million, however Panathinaikos will only obtain €2.5 million of the final amount as the remainder went to Berg’s former team Hamburg.

The Swede’s buy-out clause in his contract with Panathinaikos was much higher, priced at €5.2 million, however his desire to leave Panathinaikos and the possible involvement of FIFA forced the Prasini to agree to a significantly lower fee for their most valuable player. In fact, Berg will be paid more money per year than what Panathinaikos will obtain from this deal. 

As history has shown, Panathinaikos are not the best bargainers when it comes to selling players, especially when compared to other Greek clubs like Olympiacos or PAOK. When compared to their eternal enemies Olympiacos, the difference is astonishing. 

The sum of Panathinaikos’ top ten sells over the past 10 years is less than the amount the Erythrolefki obtained by selling just Masuaku and Milivojevic! Not to mention, Olympiacos sold both Siovas (this summer) and Yatabare (2015), both of whom were not considered starting XI players, at a price higher than what Panathinaikos sold Berg. 

On the other hand, PAOK sold two of their best players over the last few seasons, Mak and Rodriguez, for a total of €7 million.

As for Panathinaikos’ previous deals, in August 2013 the club sold Charis Mavrias to Sunderland for a fee of €3 million and Nikos Karelis in 2015 for €2.5 million to Genk. Both amounts are higher than Berg’s deal with Al Ain. Panathinaikos' highest deal in recent years was in 2012 when Djibril Cisse was sold to Lazio for €5.8 million. Although the club faces extreme financial trouble, the above moves makes you question who is bargaining for the Trifylli.... 

by: Dimitris Spiridakos
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