Barkas continuing to attract high interest from Roma
Interest in AEK goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas is rising, with AS Roma among the favourites for his signature.
Over the course of the past few seasons, Barkas has made a name for himself with AEK, impressing with several solid showings between the sticks. As a result, plenty of European clubs are beginning to show serious interest in the 25-year-old, and AEK will be willing to sell if the price is right. Reports have suggested that AEK will accept bids around 10 million euros.
AS Roma, FC Porto and Ajax are all eager to sign Barkas. According to the media, Roma are the favourites to secure his services, but new Financial Fair Play restrictions could potentially ruin the transfer. The sale of Greek defender Kostas Manolas to Napoli will help Roma to keep on the right side of the UEFA regulations.
In the event AEK do manage to sell Barkas for a solid fee, the money will be used to purchase a winger and a centre forward, two positions which are in dire need of strengthening.
In the 2018/2019 campaign, Barkas made 41 appearances for AEK across all competitions, conceding 34 goals and gaining 22 shutouts. He has also become a regular for the senior Greek national team.
Barkas’ AEK contract runs through to the summer of 2022. Transfermarkt rates his value at 2.5 million.
GALANOPOULOS TO REMAIN AT AEK UNTIL 2021
As expected, young midfielder Kostas Galanopoulos will remain at AEK for the next two years, with his contract having automatically been extended in accordance with a previous agreement between the two parties.
For his part, Galanopoulos is happy to keep playing his football with AEK, with the gifted 21-year-old having emerged as a leading player for the Kitrinomavri. His slick showings in the UEFA Champions League in the 2018/2019 season supposedly attracted the interest of large foreign teams.
During that particular campaign, Galanopoulos played in 27 matches with AEK, popping up with the one goal and assist. His value is rated at 3.5 million by Transfermarkt.
GIANNIOTAS LEAVES, SIGNS FOR APOLLON LIMASSOL
AEK confirmed the departure of winger Giannis Gianniotas in the week:
“AEK FC announces the departure of international player Giannis Gianniotas, thanking him for his efforts in the year and wishing him every success in his career.”
Ever since arriving on a free transfer last summer, Gianniotas struggled to make any kind of impact at AEK, only playing in 13 matches without scoring a goal or dishing out an assist.
Not long after leaving AEK, Gianniotas penned a two-year contract with Apollon Limassol, returning to the Cypriot First Division after he was previously on the books of APOEL from 2016 to 2017.
AGIA SOFIA FUNDING
In Nea Filadelfeia, there is continued progress at the Agia Sofia Stadium, which is still on course to open its doors in time for the 2020/2021 season.
It has also now been confirmed that the Attica Region Administration will invest 20 million euros in the Agia Sofia Stadium project. The signing of the contract between the Attica Region Administration and AEK took place last Tuesday: