Panathinaikos and Berg restart negotiations
Panathinaikos and Marcus Berg have restarted negotiations for the Swede’s move to Al Ain.
After the saga that unfolded between Marcus Berg and Panathinaikos regarding the Swede’s transfer to Al Ain, the two sides have restarted negotiations to complete Berg’s move to the UAE. The striker has agreed to a golden deal with the UAE club and is responsible for clearing things up with Panathinaikos before his move is officially complete.
The negotiations are underway once again after Nikos Lymberopoulos resigned from his position as the club’s technical director. Panathinaikos’ priority is to sell Berg and avoid any issues with FIFA even at a cost that is significantly under their original asking price. In addition, his departure will secure some sort of cash flow to the club as the financial situation is in a downward spiral.
According to sportfm’s Tasos Nikologiannis, Berg’s transfer will likely close at €2.5 million while Panathinaikos’ original asking price, when Lymberopoulos was involved in the negotiations, was €5.5 million, the amount listed in the buy-out clause of Berg’s contract.
The deal will likely finish in the next couple of days and Panathinaikos will be in search of Berg’s replacement. Recent reports state that the Swede will be replaced by a top class striker that will also cost the club less than Berg’s current yearly salary of €1.2 million (looking for someone with €700,00 annual salary). However, no names have been mentioned as to who could be Berg’s replacement.