Insua signs with Panathinaikos, Copenhagen backing down for Zeca

Insua signs with Panathinaikos, Copenhagen backing down for Zeca

Emanuel Insua is the newest addition at Panathinaikos while Copenhagen seem to have withdrawn their interest in Carlos Zeca following their exit in Champions League qualifying.

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Panathinaikos officially announced their newest signing Emanuel Insua, who signed a 3-year contract with annual earnings reaching €220,000. The Prasini and Udinese agreed to a deal that sees the Italian side retain 40% of the player’s rights if Panathinaikos sell the player in the next 3 years. The 26-year old is Panathinaikos’ 9th summer signing and is expected to be in the roster for their weekend Superleague fixture against Levadiakos.

Insua began his career with Boca Juniors in 2011 and remained there until 2015 before departing for Spanish side Granada. With Boca, the left back scored 2 goals in 41 appearances while with Granada, he made 12 appearances in 5 months.

He then signed with Udinese in 2015, but only made one appearance with the club. He returned to Argentina for Newell’s Old Boys (15 appearances, 2 goals) on a loan deal and was loaned out once again for the 2016/17 season to Racing Club where he made 14 appearances while scoring one goal.

Carlos Zeca’s departure has been a hot topic in the Panathinaikos offices over the last few days with FC Copenhagen putting in an official offer for the Greek international. However, the Danish side have not come back with a counter offer after Panathinaikos denied the first offer of €1.5 million and the second offer of €2 million. The player himself, who has agreed to a satisfying deal with Copenhagen, has a contract with the Prasini until 2019.

Copenhagen were eliminated in Champions League qualifying and thus failed to secure the astronomical amount of money (over €20 million) that comes with competing in the Champions League group stages. This of course could very well play a role in Copenhagen’s persistence in signing Carlos Zecas as Panathinaikos are not willing to drop below their asking price of €2.5 million.

If Panathinaikos do not proceed with selling a player, Emanuel Insua will be the club’s final signing of the summer and Marinos Ouzounidis will have the make the most of what his current roster entails.

by Dimitris Spiridakos
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