-- New Additions for AEK & Panathinaikos --
It was a busy day at the office for Panathinaikos and AEK as each club announced a new signing to their respective rosters. Ognjen Vranjes became AEK’s second signing of the winter while Panathinaikos made their first signing of the transfer window with Dimitris Kourbelis from Asteras Tripolis.
Marinos Ouzounidis got his first “Christmas gift” from the club as Panathinaikos announced the signing of Dimitris Kourbelis from Asteras Tripolis. The 23-year old defender signed a 4.5-year contract with the club (until summer 2021) after Ouzounidis had expressed heavy interest in the young Greek defender. Kourbelis’ transfer fee is rumored to be around €700,000 with Asteras Tripolis expected to receive the money in installments. There is a clause in the agreement that states Asteras will earn 40% of a transfer fee if Kourbelis is resold to another club in the future. Kourbelis has been apart of Asteras Tripolis from his youth career and made a move to the Men’s team in 2010. Since then, he made 131 appearances for the club while scoring 3 goals. He has also played with all of Greece's Youth National Teams (U17, U19, U21).
AEK has wasted no time in the winter transfer window as they announced their second signing with Ognjen Vranjes. The 27-year old Bosnian defender signed a 2.5-year deal with the Greek club, lasting until the summer of 2019. Vranjes has played at many clubs in his career including Borac Banja Luka (2006-2009), Red Star Belgrade (2009-2011), Napredak Krusevac (2010, loan), Sheriff (2010, loan), Krasnodar (2011-2012), Alania Vladikavkaz (2013), Elazigspor (2013-2014), Gaziantepspor (2015-2016), Sporting Gijon (2016), and most recently Russian side Tom Tomsk. Vranjes is also an active member of the Bosnian National Team (Greece’s opponent in World Cup Qualifying), having made 28 appearances for his country.