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Sifakis set for Charleroi move
- Updated: September 12, 2012
Newly promoted Jupiler Pro League side R. Charleroi SC are set to sign Michalis Sifakis on a free transfer after the Greek ‘keeper severed ties with Aris at the end of last season.
According to reports emanating from Belgium on Tuesday, only paperwork remains as both sides have agreed to a deal in principle — Sifakis agreeing to move abroad for the first time in his career.
Both sides remain tight-lipped over the potential deal, but reports indicate that more details should be made available by the Belgian club on Wednesday — the day Sifakis is expected to complete his move to Belgium.
Part of Greece’s UEFA EURO 2012 contingent this past summer, Sifakis replaced Kostas Chalkias midway through Greece’s Group A clash with the Czech Republic and carried the mantle for the Ethniki until Greece were eliminated by Germany in the quarter-finals.
Failing to sign anywhere all summer long, Greece manager Fernando Santos opted to leave Sifakis, as well as other players yet to sign with a club, out of the Greece squad for the recent World Cup Qualifiers against Latvia and Lithuania.
With Orestis Karnezis putting in strong performances with the Greek National Team in recent outings, it appears Sifakis will need to rekindle the form that helped former club Aris make a strong run in the UEFA Europa League two seasons ago.
Sifakis should have plenty of competition at the club as other ‘keepers in the squad include Parfait Mandanda, the brother of Marseille and France shot-stopper Steve Mandanda.