The transfer situation surrounding Retsos
Many teams have expressed interested in Olympiacos youngster Panagiotis Retsos with multiple offers arriving at Olympiacos’ offices. However, the club has set a very large price tag on the youngster and are not looking to let him go.
According to Gazzetta’s Kostas Nikolakopoulos, Olympiacos have set a minimum €20 million price tag on Panagiotis Retsos, while other reports state €15 million. Nonetheless, any club interested in the youngster must dig deep in their pockets if they would like to sign the upcoming star.
However, Olympiacos have no intention on transferring out Retsos. The club sees him as one of three options in the centerback position for the upcoming season and could very well be a starter along with the stopper that will be signed over the summer. In addition, the Erythrolefki feel that the 19-year old has much more to offer to the club before any possible move out. A reminder, his debut with Olympiacos’ first team only came last season.
According to Nikolakopoulos, Retsos understands what Olympiacos has given him and the trust they have in him. He is not your typical ‘youngster’ that will do anything and everything to leave once a good offer comes in as he respects the club he is at.
With Olympiacos hoping to return to the Champions League group stages this season, Retsos’ price tag could very well skyrocket with some good displays in Europe’s premier club competition. A possible record-breaking transfer move for Retsos will also increase the Erythrolefki’s prestige in Europe’s selling market as the club’s most expensive transfer to date is Luka Milivojevic to Crystal Palace for €15 million in January. If Retsos is ever sold for a record-breaking amount in the future, Olympiacos will gain intangible value in the selling market, something that will benefit the club in future moves (i.e. selling players at a higher price).
As of now, German sides Borussia Monchengladbach and Koln have offered between 10-12 million euros for Retsos, offers that are not even looked at by Olympiacos. Premier League side Southampton also have shown interest in the player but yet no offer has come anywhere near the Superleague champions asking price. According to the Gavros newspaper, the latest offered arrived on Thursday reaching 13 million euros from an unreported team (likely from the Premier League).