Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen has signed teenage defender Panagiotis Retsos from Greek football champions Olympiacos Piraeus, on a five-year deal, worth a reported 22 million euros.
Retsos headed coach Heiko Herrlich’s wish list as the German club seeks a return to the Bundesliga elite after a disappointing 2016/17 season that saw them finish 12th and miss out on European football.
Considered one of Greece‘s biggest football talents, 19-year-old Retsos was reportedly a target for Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid.
Having played only one senior season in Greece during which he captained Olympiacos Piraeus at 18, he can play both in the heart of the defence and as a fullback.
Retsos has been called up for Greece‘s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Belgium on Friday and Sunday respectively.