Livaja becomes AEK’s most expensive transfer in a decade
In today’s world where money gets thrown about with ease, 1.8 million euros is a drop in the ocean, but AEK’s signing of Marko Livaja is the club’s biggest outlay on a single transfer in a decade.
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During summer 2017, the 24-year Croat joined AEK on an initial season-long loan from Las Palmas, travelling to Athens with a reputation of a player without discipline and desire to realise his potential. Nevertheless, Livaja excelled in the Greek capital, building up a productive mutual understanding with AEK boss Manolo Jimenez and scoring eight important Super League goals. As a result, AEK decided to trigger Livaja’s 1.8 million release clause and sign the former Las Palmas forward on a permanent deal.
Incredibly, in spending 1.8 million, AEK have signed their most expensive player in a long 10 years. Previously, the last time when AEK spent over 1,000,000 was back in July 2008, when the Enosis splashed 3.1 million on Panionios striker Rafik Djebbour. Since then, the Athenian giants picked up key first team players such as Vasilis Barkas (600,000), Petros Mantalos (500,000) and Anastasios Bakasetas (300,000) all for extremely cheap prices.
Livaja will earn 700,000 a year with AEK, signing a contract which runs until 2021.