Manchester United is the front runners in the race to sign Greek youngster Sotiris Ninis. Real Madrid and AC Milan are also in the hunt for the Panathinaikos winger. Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to trigger the release clause in Ninis’ contract by paying eight million pounds in an attempt to bring the flying winger to Old Trafford next season.
Ninis is a twenty year old winger with pace and fantastic creativity. Something United is a bit short of. He’s been a regular in the Panathinaikos first team squad since 2006, when he was only sixteen. He’s played sixty four league games for the club, scoring six goals. He’s also made seven appearances for Greece, getting on the score sheet once.
In 2008 Panathinaikos manager Henk ten Cate made Ninis one of three players to be club captain. He captained the club that season along with former Arsenal man Gilberto Silva and Dimitris Salpigidis.
Greece manager Otto Rehhagel called Ninis up for his 2010 World Cup squad despite having played a limited amount of times previously. He was used as a substitute against Nigeria and Argentina.
Sotris Ninis would be a good addition to United’s squad but I want to know why they didn’t just go to sign him for this season as opposed to next. Perhaps the thinking behind it is that there are two midfielders (Scholes and Giggs) who are likely to retire in the next two seasons, so Ninis could come in to replace one of them.
Hopefully United can sign Ninis as he’s great potential. No doubt Man City will come in and pay treble the quoted amount for him and blow everyone out of the water.
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