According to Greece’s SDNA, Panathinaikos are very interested in our out of favor winger Rolando Aarons. They also have a link to Newcastle’s past at their club.
Panathinaikos, who finished 8th in the Greek Superleague, has former Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas as their technical director.
Dabizas made 158 appearances for Newcastle from 1998-2003. He was bought from Olympiacos under the disappointing term of Kenny Dalglish.
Here is a match winner by Nikos Dabizas from 2002 against Sunderland:
That goal was at the Stadium of Light and was the first of five straight wins against Sunderland.
Rolando Aarons– should be moved this summer
After a serious ankle injury early in our Championship campaign, Aarons has not really been in Rafa Benitez’s plans. He has not featured for Newcastle since a late December 2017 start against Manchester City.
In what was a promising start at Newcastle, his career has been decimated time and again by injuries.
Aarons still has two years remaining on his contract and last season made two loan spells. His first was to Czech club Slovan Liberec where he made thirteen appearances.
Rolando spent the second half of last year at Sheffield Wednesday making just ten appearances, though at times he played quite well.
The issue for Dabizas and Panathinaikos, like so many of our fringe players, is going to be wages. The report states that the Greek club can only afford to pay Aarons a fraction of what he currently earns.
While Panathinaikos may try to get Aarons on loan for the season, we would imagine that Rolando’s time is up at Newcastle and if he could be moved on a permanent deal that would be best for club and player.