Panathinaikos closing in on Luciano
Panathinaikos are close to signing Brazilian striker Luciano from Corinthians. Coach Marinos Ouzounidis expects the 24-year old at pre-season training this week.
Panathinaikos have found the player that will lead the club’s attacking line next season, 24-year old Luciano. The Prasini have already agreed to a deal with both the player and his current club Corinthians and Luciano is expected to sign a 3-year deal with annual earning of €650,000. Corinthian will receive just over €500,000 for the transfer.
Coach Marinos Ouzounidis confirmed that Panathinaikos have agreed to terms with both the player and his club and the Brazilian striker will arrive in Tegelen for pre-season training this week. Ouzounidis has expressed his desire to bring the 24-year old to Panathinaikos and it looks as his wishes will be answered. In addition, the player’s manager stated to gazzetta.gr that his client will arrive in Athens on Tuesday to sign with the Trifylli.
Luciano has played for most of his career in Brazil while last season he played on loan from Corinthians at Spanish club Leganes. With Leganes, he made 25 appearances and scored four goals. He has also played with Brazil’s youth national teams registering six caps with five goals with the U23 side. His career took a major setback in 2015, when he was left sidelined for six months due to an injury at a time when big European clubs were looking to make a move for the player, including Liverpool and Tottenham.
Although Luciano will fill a big gap left behind by Marcus Berg , Panathinaikos will also urgently sign two wingers and an additional striker. The Prasini are currently looking to sign Bryan Cabezas from Atalanta with the two sides discussing a one year loan deal.