Mitroglou From Benfica To Marseille In Deadline Day Switch
Greek international Kostas Mitroglou is set to complete a deadline move from Benfica to Marseille on Thursday. The French club are set to pay €15 million for 50% of the rights to the player. Since the deal is for 50% of the player’s rights, the valuation of the agreement is a Greek record (€30 million), but the fee is not.
The record for actual cash spent on purchasing a Greek player, previously held by Mitroglou, was broken on Thursday by the official word that Panagiotis Retsos had moved from Olympiacos to Bayer Leverkusen for €22 million.
However, Mitroglou’s new contract, a four-year deal netting him €12.8 million in total over the duration of the agreement, is the most ever paid in wages to a Greek player.
The 29-year-old striker was whisked away on Thursday by private jet from Greece to the southern French port to seal his switch by having a medical and putting pen to paper to the contract. Marseille had been interested in the player in recent weeks, however talks between the two clubs appeared to have broken down on Wednesday.
Everton began to show an interest in the last 24 hours and there was speculation that the Toffees would come in with a late offer. It wasn’t to be however as Marseille came up with another offer that the Portuguese side finally agreed to sealing Mitroglou’s move to Marseille in Ligue 1.