Agia Sophia progress continues, Araujo linked with return

Agia Sophia progress continues, Araujo linked with return

In Nea Filadelfeia, the construction of the Agia Sofia Stadium is progressing well, while rumours are continuing to link Sergio Araujo with a transfer to AEK.

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The dream is gradually becoming a reality. On the site of the demolished Nikos Goumas Stadium, the construction of the Agia Sofia Stadium is continuing, with impressive progress having been witnessed. The next step is for stands to the south of the arena to be erected, and once they have been put in place, work will begin on the roofing which covers spectator seats.

At the moment, AEK are on track to move into the Agia Sofia Stadium for the start of the 2020/2021 season, meaning the upcoming 2019/2020 campaign should be the club’s last at the Olympic Stadium in Marousi.

On their social networking platforms, the Kitrinomavri post regular updates on the Agia Sofia Stadium’s progress, while there is a webcam of the arena available 24/7.



Could Sergio Araujo return for a third spell at AEK? Rumours in the media are suggesting it’s possible.

Last summer, Araujo moved back to parent club Las Palmas after helping AEK win the Super League title, but he’s struggled to repeat his Greek heroics. The 27-year-old has only scored three goals and dished out two assists in 19 La Liga 2 matches, and after receiving a serious injury, he will miss the remainder of the campaign.

Naturally, AEK are interested in taking Araujo back to Athens, especially given that fellow Argentine striker Ezequiel Ponce is unlikely to stay beyond this season. However, if AEK are going to sign their man, they’ll have to pay big bucks. According to the Spanish media, Las Palmas recently rejected an offer of seven million euros from an unnamed MLS club, and president Miguel Angel Ramirez won’t sell Araujo if the bid isn’t closer to 10 million. Reports also suggested that Ramirez is not willing to discuss a possible loan deal for Araujo.

Further stories in the press revealed that Araujo has informed the Las Palmas management of his desire to sign for AEK. If Araujo applies pressure on Las Palmas to let him go, they could be forced into selling the 27-year-old. Further developments are expected as the summer approaches.



A link with Argentinian winger Mateo Garcia has also appeared. In the current season, Garcia has been playing on loan at Aris from Las Palmas, registering eight goals and one assist in the Super League. In a recent interview, Las Palmas president Ramirez stated that the Spaniards have already sold Garcia: “Mateo Garcia has been sold. Due to a confidentiality clause, we cannot name the club which has signed him. When the time comes, there will be official announcements.”

AEK, Olympiacos and PAOK were all known to be interested in Garcia. Subsequent reports hinted that Las Palmas have sold Garcia for three million.


by Shaun Nicolaides

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