Kolovos set to sign with Panathinaikos
Dimitris Kolovos is on the verge of joining Panathinaikos after being released by Omonoia while Ghayas Zahid, João Nunes, Bart Schenkeveld are heavily linked with the Prasini.
Dimitris Kolovos is set to become Panathinaikos’ second signing of the summer, after Christian Konan penned a new deal last week, with the Greek international agreeing to terms with the Prasini. Kolovos was released by Omonoia and will join Panathinaikos as a free agent. He is expected to undergo the necessary medical tests in the coming days and sign his new three-year contract.
Kolovos, regarded as one of Greek football’s biggest prospects early on in his career, was a true star at Panionios from 2010-2015, making 112 appearances with 27 goals and nine assists in all competitions. His last two seasons at Panionios were loan spells from his parent club, Olympiacos, where he only managed 11 appearances with two goals and one assist during the 2015/16 campaign.
He was then loaned out to Mechelen in Belgium for the 2016/17 season, impressing with six goals and three assists from 26 appearances. However, in February 2017, tragedy struck as Kolovos suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury which left him sidelined for over 230 days. Despite the injury, the Belgian club acquired Kolovos on a permanent deal. He returned to action in October 2017, but never found his pre-injury form and finished the 2017/18 campaign with just 11 appearances without registering a goal or an assist.
The midfielder signed a season-long loan deal last summer to join Willem II, however, his struggles continued as he only made three appearances for the Eredivise side. His loan at Willem II was cut short and he then joined Omonoia, on another loan deal, for the remainder of the season. In Cyprus, Kolovos began to find his old form as he made 18 appearances with four goals and one assist to his name. Omonoia acquired the 26-year-old on a permanent move in March, however, Kolovos decided to break his contract with the Trifylli of Cyprus on Tuesday to join the Trifylli of Greece.
His good form in Cyprus also resulted in a callup to the national team under coach Angelos Anastasiadis and even netted a crucial equalizer in Euro 2020 qualifying action in Zenica against Bosnia.
Panathinaikos close to signing Zahid, Nunes, and Schenkeveld
Panathinaikos are looking to acquire another player from the Cypriot market. Ghayas Zahid of APOEL has been linked with the Greens and recent reports indicate that his move to Athens could become official in the coming days. Zahid, 24, has been on the books with the Cypriot champion since 2017 having registered 13 goals and 19 assists from 71 appearances.
According to SDNA.gr, João Nunes is also close to joining Panathinaikos and the Portuguese defender could very well be in Greece to complete his move to the Greek capital. The 23-year-old center-back, who can also play right-back, is currently a free agent after his three-year stay in Poland with Lechia Gdansk came to an end. There, he made a total of 81 appearances while registering one assist.
Donis’ top priority for Panathinaikos’ backline is Dutch defender Bart Schenkeveld. The 27-year-old, also a center-back, has played the last two seasons in Australia with Melbourne City. In Australia, he registered 55 appearances and one goal. He has enjoyed stints at Feyenoord, Excelsior, Heracles, and PEC Zwolle. Like Nunes, Schenkeveld is a free agent and is valued by transfermarkt at 800,00 euros.
Sifneos sent on loan
Markos Sifneos will play the upcoming season on loan at Apollon Larissa in the Super League 2. The young striker, who signed with Panathinaikos last season, only made one appearance last year for the Greens and will look to get game-time in the Greek second division.