By: Peter Katsiris
AEK Athens FC have confirmed the sale of Argentine talent Ignacio Scocco to United Arab Emirates outfit Al Ain, yielding a wealthy deal for both Scocco and the Athenian giants.
Reports suggest Al Ain have paid AEK just under 3m for the rights to the Argentine playmaker, and will owe the Enosi a further 600,000 should Scocco return to European football before the end of his contract.
The same reports also suggest that Scocco has signed a two-year contract with Al Ain worth nearly 2m per season.
Scocco immediately made an impression on AEK fans as he featured at the forefront of the AEK attack on many occasions. Mid-season reports suggest that Greek Super League rivals Olympiacos FC and Panathinaikos FC were interested in signing Scocco, but it appears the Argentine has remained loyal to AEK fans as he opted for a move outside of Greece as opposed to across town.
Following the departure of Scocco, AEK announced the capture of Dimitris Sialmas from PAS Giannina FC on a two-year contract. The 24-year-old scored a stunning bicycle-kick goal against Ethinikos Asteras FC, helping ‘Ajax of Epirus' to reclaim a berth in the Greek Super League next season.
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