Deletic set to join AEK on free transfer
Ahead of the upcoming summer, AEK are lining up a move for Serbian winger Milos Deletic, while Panagiotis Tsintotas could replace Vasilis Barkas as the starting goalkeeper after a few disappointing showings by the latter.
This season, 25-year-old Deletic has been a standout performer for AEL, scoring four goals and making two assists in the Super League. However, in bad news for AEL, his contract with the Larissa organisation will expire in the summer, and reports indicate that AEK are set to sign the versatile Serbian winger on a free transfer.
According to the media, AEK have already entered negotiations with Deletic concerning a transfer ahead of the 2019/2020 season, with the Kitrinomavri eager to sign a three-year deal with the player. Deletic holds the right to speak with AEK due to his AEL contract expiring in six months’ time.
Deletic has been on AEL’s books since 2016 after transferring from Radnik. In the past, Deletic represented Rad Belgrad, FK Mladenovac, Vojvodina, Napredak, Sageata Navodar, Academia Arges and Jagodina, while also playing for the under 19 Serbian national team. His value is rated at 600 thousand euros by Transfermarkt.
BARKAS IN DANGER OF LOSING SPOT
Ever since the season began, Vasilis Barkas has firmly been AEK’s number one goalkeeper, but that could all change.
While still rightly regarded as a top Greek goalkeeper, Barkas has struggled at times this season, notably conceding 13 goals in the UEFA Champions League group stage and letting in a few soft goals. Barkas has continued to start practically every game, but after shipping four markers in a painful 1:4 defeat to Olympiacos last Sunday, the 24-year-old is set to spend some time on the bench.
Panagiotis Tsintotas, who has only played in five Greek Cup games and one Super League fixture so far, is predicted to stand between the AEK sticks in the upcoming matches against Apollon Smyrnis (Super League) and Atromitos (Greek Cup). Manager Manolo Jimenez has full faith in Barkas, but if Tsintotas impresses in the next two games, the 25-year-old could keep his place in goal for the derby against Panathinaikos on March 9.
DOUBTS SURROUNDING BOYE
AEK had high hopes when signing Argentinian winger Lucas Boye on loan from Torino in July 2018, but after receiving an injury in August, the 22-year-old hasn’t really been able to show his true capabilities in Greece.
After 23 matches in all competitions, Boye has only managed to tally one goal and two assists, and he has often been restricted to the role of an impact substitute. On the odd occasion, the attacker has displayed flashes of his potential, but he hasn’t been overly convincing and it appears unlikely AEK will opt to sign him on a permanent basis in the summer.
Boye’s contract at Torino runs until June 2020.
KRSTICIC WAITING FOR CHANCE
Many expected Serbian midfielder Nenad Krsticic to immediately take a starting spot in the AEK team after signing from Red Star Belgrade in the summer, but the 28-year-old is having to be patient.
Krsticic has played in six Super League matches after arriving from Serbia in January, registering 232 minutes on the pitch while regularly sitting on the bench. Taking into account his Champions League experience this season, Krsticic was confident of becoming a key figure for AEK in midfield, but this is yet to happen.
The main reason is the pain which Krsticic feels in his knee. As a result of the niggle, Krsticic hasn’t been able to show his talents, and the issue is holding him back. AEK are hoping that Krsticic will soon be 100% fit in order for the Serbian to finally start playing at his best.
Krsticic’s only goal for AEK to date came in a 5:0 victory against AO Chania Kissamikos in the Greek Cup Last 16.