Sheffield Wednesday’s Steven Fletcher’s move to Greek side Panathinaikos could be called off due to his massive wage demands according to a report from Greek publication SDNA.
One of the main aims of manager Jos Luhukay is to trim down his squad ahead of the new season. And Fletcher would be one of the best players for him to sell. While Fletcher has shown talent when he has played for the Owls, a number of injuries have made sure he hasn’t been able to do that. And considering how much they pay him, Wednesday would want to get more game action off of him.
And so it seemed to be the ideal situation when Panathinaikos expressed an interest in signing him. But while a Greek escape looked to be perfect for everyone, those high wages seem to be the problem. Fletcher is currently on a reported €1.5m a year, approximately £1.3m, but that is way above the Greek giants accounted for when they made the offer. They were hoping that they could sign him up for in between €300K and €500K, approximately between £265K and £442K, as that was what they had accounted for.
While Fletcher may have been willing to take a bit of a pay cut so he could get back to first team football, it is likely that he will not take a pay cut of that magnitude even if it does mean he gets to move to the sunnier climate of Greece (This weather is not going to last forever!). This means Wednesday will need to find another club to sell him to.