Vlachodimos to Benfica
Panathinaikos goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos has agreed to continue his promising career with Portuguese club Benfica.
The move will hamper the Greens’ goalkeeping stocks but given the precarious situation the club finds itself in, such a move was always inevitable and will give the club some breathing space in regards to the well publicised off-field matters.
From the deal, the Greens will pocket a much-needed 2 million Euro roughly. The player will receive 400,000 Euro per season, and possibly the best part is that the cub will have a 15% resale fee. This bodes well as Benfica is traditionally known for selling players for much higher than what they paid for them in the first place.
According to Portuguese reports, the talented German youth international (who can still represent Greece at senior level), will travel to Lisbon to complete his medical and sign the 4.5 year deal by Friday. He will still be a Panathinaikos player until January, where he will wait until the transfer window opens to officially start playing for the Portuguese outfit.
Former Greek youth international Sokratis Dioudis will more than likely take over as the starting goalkeeper in the new year. It will give him the opportunity to resurrect his career after injuries and poor career choices had hampered his early progress.
In other news, Finnish midfielder Robin Lod will also be headed for the exit at Panathinaikos at the conclusion of the current season, according to the latest reports. It has been rumoured that negotiations have already taken place with Belgian club Standard Liege for a contract worth between 300,000-400,000 Euro per season. However, his manager will continue exploring options in England
Is this Vlachodimos deal the beginning of a mass exodus of Panathinaikos’ best players? Can fans expect more of the same in January? Time will tell, but more than likely the answer is yes. It has now gotten to that desperate stage where survival is more important than on-field results.