Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Adulation for Gilberto at Athens Airport (photos and video). Leave your well wishes
By 1970’s Gooner
Once again the British press latch on to a story we published days before.
The Sun and other national dailies (not to mention Tribal football) even had the Ken Friar quotes we featured on our site word by word!
We had already informed you that Arsenal had signed the transfer papers for Gilberto’s transfer to Panathinaikos and that he was expected to arrive at Athens today.
Well true to form and his word Gilberto arrived a few hours ago at Athens Airport amidst the adulation of about 2.000 Panathinaikos excited fans.
Gilberto was then driven out of the airport with a lot of difficulty due to the large crowd trying to catch a glimpse of the player who will become the best paid footballer in Greece.
He will meet later, Nikos Pateras, the Panathinaikos president, at his private yacht. Gilberto will undergo a medical tomorrow after which he will sign his contract which will be for three years expected to be worth £6m plus bonuses.
Arsenal will receive around £1.2 m and the player’s representatives, The Base Soccer Agency, £0.8m
Gilberto will return to Greece on Monday to join up with his new team mates for pre season.
You can watch the video of the reception Gilberto got at the airport here.
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