- Greek Cup Preview: Super League clubs eye progress
- Greece await World Rankings, final play-off seedings
- Greece 2-0 Liechtenstein: Play-offs beckon for Greece despite Liechtenstein win
- Greeks in Europe: Rough start to Champions League group stage for Greeks Abroad
- Olympiacos focused on positives after PSG defeat
- Olympiacos 1-4 Paris St. Germain: Motta brace breaks Olympiacos’ hearts
- Greece 1-0 Latvia: Salpingidis keeps Greece on track
- Arsenal keeping tabs on Olympiacos striker Kostas Mitroglou
‘Greek Messi’ set for AEK move
- Updated: August 16, 2012
Vasilis Koutsianikoulis will sign for troubled Greek club AEK Athens within the next 24 hours, according to reports in Greece.
The 24 year-old has apparently secured a release from his club Ergotelis and will sign for the Athenians on a three-year deal worth €270,000 in total.
AEK technical director Vasilis Tsiartas has been the driving force behind the deal, which will give manager Vangelis Vlachos much needed reinforcement after he suffered a raft of key personnel departures this summer.
With the club mired in debt, Vlachos has also missed out on a number of transfer targets, with an inexperienced squad at his disposal ahead of the new Greek Super League season.
Koutsianikoulis – once dubbed “the Greek Lionel Messi” – brings some pedigree despite having seen his career stall, after he burst onto the scene with Ergotelis as a teenager.
He will now leave the Cretan club after a second stint, following an unsuccessful move to PAOK.
The former Greek youth international will be AEK’s highest profile capture during what has been a lean off-season, given the financial restrictions it has faced.
Meanwhile, AEK will be forced to play their opening league game of the season in front of an empty stadium, after being banned from selling tickets to their fans.
It seems likely the match against Asteras Tripolis will be played behind closed doors as punishment for the €1.5 million the club owes the tax office.