Mega Deal For Retsos Close To Reality
Reports from Greece suggest that 19-year-old Olympiacos defender Panagiotis Retsos is on the verge of completing a €22 million switch to German giants, Bayer Leverkusen. The reported fee paid by Leverkusen to Olympiacos would be the largest ever in Greek football history, shattering the previous record of Kostas Mitroglou’s transfer from the Piraeus side to Fulham back in 2014 (€15 million).
Retsos has been the subject of intense transfer speculation the entire summer transfer window. This is Leverkusen’s third bid for the player after initial offers of €16 and €18 million in the last month. French club Rennes was reportedly in for the player in recent days with an offer in the region of €20 million.
Though nothing has been signed yet, the signatures should be complete before the window is done with Leverkusen associates who are in Athens. In addition to the €22 million, Olympiacos will also hold a 20% re-sale clause if Retsos is sold by Leverkusen in the future.
Once the deal is complete it will mark a whirlwind year for a player who only has 40 senior matches to his name. Despite his relative inexperience, clubs around Europe had taken notice of Retsos’ assured displays during the 2016/17 Greek SuperLeague season as well his performances in last season’s Europa League.
Not only will this deal involve the greatest fee ever paid for a Greek player, it will also become the largest in Bayer Leverkusen’s history and one of the top five worldwide this summer involving a defender.