According to reports from Gelsenkirchen, Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg are keen on signing Schalke and Greece defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos for a record transfer fee for a Greek player.
Reports indicate that Zenit, who will take part in the upcoming UEFA Champions League group stage, are set to offer Schalke a fee in the region of €13 million. Schalke are reportedly keen on a price tag of €20 million, which has only been solidified following a strong season from the 20-year-old for both club and country.
Papadopoulos arrived in Germany on a transfer from Olympiacos. The Gelsenkirchen club paid approximately €2 million for Papadopoulos at the time. Emerging as one of the Greek National Team’s bright stars, should Papadopoulos be sold by Schalke prior to the expiration of his original contract — which runs until 2015 — Olympiacos will claim 5% of the transaction’s profit.
Should the sale of Papadopoulos go through at the reported fees, the Greek international will easily become the most expensive Greek footballer to date.