AEK not losing hope of signing Araujo
Despite Las Palmas determined to hold on to their man, AEK haven’t given up hope of keeping Sergio Araujo in Athens, still waiting to see if there will be an opportunity to sign him on a permanent basis.
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Araujo enjoyed two superb loan spells at AEK during the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 seasons, scoring a combined total of 16 goals in 38 Super League appearances and leading AEK to the Greek title. Unfortunately for Enosis supporters, parent club Las Palmas announced they would be taking Araujo back for the upcoming campaign in the Segunda Division, but AEK are refusing to throw in the towel.
According to various stories in the media, Araujo himself would be happy to stay at AEK, having won the hearts of the Kitrinomavri’s fan base and settled into the Athens lifestyle. Taking into account that AEK will play UEFA Champions League football this year, the 26-year old is eager to help the Athenians qualify for the group stage and participate in the world’s largest club competition.
Adding substance to AEK’s desire to keep Araujo in the Greek capital, the Argentine forward has developed a close relationship with many of the club’s players including Marko Livaja and Andre Simoes, with those two set to stay with AEK for next season. Interestingly, Miguel Rodrigues, Araujo’s stepfather and manager, feels that AEK is the best place for the striker to continue his career and could help the Enosis to sign him.
However, AEK seem unwilling to hand over big money. In recent reports, it was suggested that the Greek champions were preparing a large offer for Araujo, but the club rejected the claims and stated that no negotiations are currently ongoing. Nevertheless, the Kitrinomavri are expected to make another bid in the near future, even if the situation holds plenty of complications.
GUERRERO LINKED WITH AEK MOVE
Elsewhere, former transfer target Raphael Holzhauser joined FC Grasshopper Zurich from Austria Vienna on Tuesday, in turn ending any speculation surrounding a move to AEK. On the other hand, Leganes attacker Miguel Angel Guerrero, who will be out of contract in late June, is supposedly on AEK’s watchlist and has spoken to Enosis midfielder Erik Moran about life in Athens. New head coach Marinos Ouzounidis previously wanted to sign him with Panathinaikos, but the deal fell through because of the Greens’ financial troubles. During the 2017/2018 season, Guerrero scored four goals and dished out three assists in 22 La Liga games.
VASILANTONOPOULOS AWARDED NEW DEAL
On Wednesday, AEK extended Stavros Vasilantonopoulos’ contract for a further two years. The 26-year old right-back spent the previous campaign on loan at PAS Lamia, playing in 29 Super League matches and convincing AEK to keep him. It’s not known whether he will play with AEK next season or if he will be shifted out on loan again.