Vlachodimos close to Benfica, former players chasing money
After a heart-warming win over PAS Giannena at the weekend, attention now shifts back to off-field matters for Panathinaikos fans.
It is known that 2.5 million Euro needs to be paid to UEFA by the end of October in order for the Greens to escape supervision and further punishments. Additionally, the club will need to meet its December and May (2018) obligations which totals 7 million Euro to avoid the punishment of being excluded from European competitions.
The 2.5 million figure required could be covered by the sale of young, talented goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos to Portuguese club Benfica. Therefore the Greens need to the funds to be paid up front even though the player will not move until January 2018. It is believed negotiations are in the final stages and confirmation of such a deal is imminent.
The club also has a growing list of former players chasing money they are still owed. It has been known that Essien, Thelander, Toche, Rinaldi, Wemmer and Tavlaridis have already lodged claims, but they have now been joined by Mesto, Bourbos and Leto in recent times. Alafouzos managed to pay 1 million Euro late last week for tax purposes for the club to avoid further problems, but this growing list has the potential to place the Greens in even further precarious territory.