AEK Athens have officially announced the signing of Greece U-19 captain Giorgos Katidis.
The 19 year-old, who impressed during this year’s U-19 European Championships and subsequently attracted the interest of European suitors, has signed a four-year deal.
His capture is a huge boost for a club that has endured a difficult off-season, only securing a license to compete in the Greek Super League a day before kick-off.
Their financial and leadership problems have been well documented, with manager Vangelis Vlachos forced to work with limited budget in the transfer market.
However, Katidis’ arrival is something of a coup, with the midfielder outstanding at the Euros and one of Greece’s most talented young players.
The signings of Xerez midfielder Miguel Cordero and Ergotelis forward Nikolaos Katsikokeris are expected to follow in the next 24 hours, as Vlachos finally makes headway in rebuilding a squad decimated by the departure of a raft of first-team stars during the summer.
AEK lost their opening Super League match 1-0 at home to Asteras Tripoli on Saturday.