Panathinaikos’ Transfer List
While fans of most clubs can look forward to the January transfer window with the hope that their clubs’ bolster their stocks, Panathinaikos fans will be fearing the worst due to the disastrous financial state of the club.
The losses of influential figures Marcus Berg and Zeca have already had a telling effect, but there are more losses potentially coming in January when the club looks to move certain players on in the hope of survival. The problem is other clubs will be aware of the situation facing the Greens and will look to pounce with cut price deals. Here is list of possible outgoings.
The talented German youth international goalkeeper, who is still eligible for Greece, has all but agreed to move to Portuguese club Benfica in January for a fee in the region of 2 million Euro. The Greens will only get 1.7 million Euro as former club Stuttgart gets a portion. He has been a regular in the team after replacing Luke Steele midway into last season, putting in some fine performances with a lot of potential to further improve. Hopefully Panathinaikos gets a cut of his next move through a resale fee, as Benfica is known for buying talented players on the cheap, building them, then selling for much higher fees.
The Finnish international midfielder cost the Greens 350,000 Euro in the summer of 2015 when Yannis Anastasiou was still at the helm. He has also put in some notable good performances during his time at the club, becoming a reliable option with a fierce shot. He has recently been linked with a move to Belgian club Standard Liege. However, since Panathinaikos failed to offer him a new contract at the conclusion of last season, his potential sale will not generate the funds it could have. Rumoured fee is a steal at 500,000 Euro.
Panathinaikos took a massive punt when signing the Brazilian centre back on a free transfer as he did not play for basically two seasons prior to joining in January 2016. He has since gone on to become the best centre back in the Super League. Now 30 and off-contract in May, he will surely believe he is capable of testing himself in better leagues. Since his existing contract was not renewed, the club stands to get less than it could have once again.
The most expensive signing in the Alafouzos era until Andres Chavez and the first signing of current manager Marinos Ouzounidis. The former Asteras Tripolis man excelled playing as a holding midfielder next to Zeca in the second half of last season and has since been made captain at the age of 24 - a real sign of the player. He is also in the frame for the National Team. His versatility will no doubt appeal to many clubs (he can play centre back as well as a #6 or #8) and it is believed his potential sale can generate the most funds out of any player currently in the squad.
Currently the longest-serving player in the squad, he was signed on a free transfer from AEK after their relegation in the summer of 2013, and was part of the team that hammered PAOK 4-1 in the 2013-14 Greek Cup final. Has partnered Schildenfeld, Tavlaridis and Moledo at their heart of defence since arriving. Was also recently called up to the National Team squad but did not play, while a move to Crotone failed to materialise after some talks last summer. Recently linked to an unnamed German club but the club is not sure how much his sale can generate.
Signed from Nice last season, he has been an ever present with an array of top performances, rarely putting a foot wrong defensively. Helped fans sooth the pain of losing the popular Nano. He cost 300,000 Euro and along with Didac of AEK, he was among the best left backs in the Super League last season.Thought to be a chance of earning a recall to the Swedish national team if they make next year’s World Cup. The 27 year old was the only one to renew his contract in the off season, which has led the club to believe his sale could earn the most money.
Signed last season from Platanias, the 28 year old Mali international right back returned from the African Cup of Nations in the second half of the season to become the best in his position in the Super League during that time. The Greens will look to the French market for a sale as he was born in Paris and previously played for two French clubs.