Panathinaikos deny first Al Ain offer, Berg keen on leaving
Al Ain’s interest in Marcus Berg is no longer a rumor but the real deal, with the UAE club in negotiations with the Panathinaikos to acquire the Swede international. Berg told Panathinaikos president Yiannis Alafouzos that he wants to leave Panathinaikos and sign with Al Ain.
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Negotiations between Al Ain and Panathinaikos are underway for Marcus Berg’s transfer to the United Arab Emirates. Reports started a few days ago linking Berg to a move to the UAE and these rumors were confirmed on Sunday as Al Ain agreed to a deal with the player. The UAE club reached out to Panathinaikos on Monday to begin negotiations for Berg’s transfer to the Arab nation.
Earlier today, Panathinaikos released an official statement about Al Ain’s interest in Berg stating that the Prasini will not be a barrier to Berg’s move as long as the club’s financial demands are fulfilled. The club went on to say that they hope Berg stays in Athens and finishes his career with the Trifylli, but understand under the circumstances if he decided to leave Panathinaikos for another team.
Al Ain made their first offer to Panathinaikos on Monday with the amount falling well below the Greek club’s asking price of €5.5 million. A reminder that Panathinaikos own 55% of the player’s rights and his current contract with the club has a buyout clause of roughly €10 million, meaning Panathinaikos are assured an amount around €5.5 million. However, Al Ain’s first offer of €2.3-2.5 million was ridiculed by Lymberopoulos and the technical director did not bother negotiating with Al Ain.
The UAE club is taking advantage of the fact that Berg wants to sign with them after they offered him a golden 2+1 year contract with total earnings of €9 million! According to sportfm, the Swede international personally called Panathinaikos president Giannis Alafouzos and asked that Panathinaikos agree to Al Ain’s deal as his will is to continue with Al Ain. Alafouzos’ response was clear, that Berg is free to go as long as Panathinaikos’ financial demands are met.
More developments are expected tomorrow and it is likely that the two clubs will reach a deal and Berg will continue his career in the Arab nation. Of course, the Panathinaikos fans have had their say commenting on Berg’s instagram profile calling him a sell-out for the money and a traitor to the team.