Ten players hot on the Super League transfer market
It’s off-season time, which means clubs are putting their plans in place for roster strengthening in the summer. AGONAsport looks at 10 players hot on the Super League transfer market.
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It wasn’t just AEK, PAOK, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos contributing to a thrilling Super League season, as plenty of young, talented players helped smaller clubs such as Atromitos and Asteras Tripolis break into the top five and claim European berths. Let’s look at 10 players which could be on the move to some of Greece’s biggest clubs in the coming weeks.
Kyriakos Kivrakidis (Atromitos Athens)
The 25-year old right-back played a large role in Atromitos’ superb Super League season, impressing with solid performances and even contributing with two goals. Unsurprisingly, some of Greece’s so-called bigger clubs are showing serious interest in Kivrakidis, especially PAOK. The Dikefalos tou Vorra see Kivrakidis as an ideal alternative to Leo Matos on the right side of defence and have reportedly entered negotiations with Atromitos.
Giannis Masouras (AEL)
Another right sided player who took the Super League by storm is Giannis Masouras, AEL’s diverse young star. Only 21 years of age, Masouras caught the eye in an encouraging campaign, helping to keep AEL in the top flight and possessing the ability to play either in defence or further up the field. According to reports in Greece, Piraeus outfit Olympiacos are preparing to make a move for Masouras and give him a chance with one of the country’s largest clubs. On transfermarkt.com, Masouras’ market value is a mere 250,000 euros.
Giorgos Masouras (Panionios)
Panionios’ Masouras maybe two years older than AEL’s version, but he’s just as effective. Able to compete on both flanks and down the middle, the 24-year old emerged as a leading figure for the Nea Smyrni club, scoring four goals in 29 Super League matches and playing a grand total of 2,045 minutes in the championship. AEK are rumoured to be chasing Masouras and are eager for transfer talks to begin.
Christos Almpanis (Apollon Smyrnis)
For a long time in the season, it looked as though Apollon Smyrnis would make an immediate return to the Football League, but the club pulled off a dramatic turnaround to keep their place in the Super League. Almpanis chipped in with a vital contribution, hitting the target on eight occasions and scoring the winning goal against Olympiacos which ensured Apollon’s safety. As a prize for his achievements, Almpanis is set to join AEK after turning down a more lucrative offer from Olympiacos.
Madson (Atromitos Athens)
In a shroud bit of business by Atromitos, the Peristeri team picked up Brazilian defensive midfielder Madson on a free transfer last summer, reaping the rewards in the 2017/2018 season. Protecting the back four, Madson is a reliable figure in the centre of the park, not allowing the opponents an easy path to the Atromitos net. Possible destinations include AEK and PAOK.
Giorgos Kyriakopoulos (Asteras Tripolis)
Competing in the left-back position, Kyriakopoulos had his break-out year with Asteras, gradually earning the trust of head coach Savvas Pantelidis to become a regular in the side and participate in 18 Super League matches, scoring two goals along the way and dishing out an assist. Nevertheless, Asteras are willing to listen to substantial offers from other teams.
Enea Mihaj (Panetolikos)
Born in Rhodes but an Albanian citizen, centre-back Enea Mihaj received an opportunity from Panetolikos’ coaching staff and took full advantage, rarely putting a foot wrong in defence and playing in 26 Super League matches over the course of the season. Panetolikos are coming under pressure from the big-four to let him go, but the club are focused on keeping Mihaj on the team’s books for at least another year.
Pedro Conde (PAS Giannina)
Spain have a new hitman. 29-year old Conde burst out of nowhere to steal the headlines in Greece, registering 14 league markers for mid-table club PAS Giannina with some of those goals real stunners too. PAOK were initially the most interested in Conde, but with the future of Sergio Araujo unknown, AEK see Conde as an ideal replacement for the diminutive Argentine. One thing’s for certain - Conde won’t be a PAS player next season.
Petros Giakoumakis (Levadiakos)
Boasting seven goals, dangerous striker Giakoumakis finished the campaign as Levadiakos’ top scorer, also taking three assists. Giakoumakis was Levadiakos’ most threatening player in attack this season causing problems with intelligent runs, although his finishing requires improvement. Already 25, he’s hungry for a transfer to a larger club.
Dimitris Meliopoulos (Xanthi)
While he is only 18, Dimitris Meliopoulos has shown his potential in 16 Super League games this season and is one to watch for the future. It’s too early to draw definitive conclusions, but if Meliopoulos continues to play with such maturity with Xanthi, the giants will come calling and he can become a star of Greek football.