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Cruz Azul reject Panathinaikos offer for Uriel Antuna

The Liga MX turned down three separate bids from the Greek side after the player missed the Clausura 2023 game against Xolos.

 Rodrigo Huescas celebrates his goal 0-1 with Uriel Antuna of Cruz Azul during the game Pumas UNAM vs Cruz Azul, corresponding Round 15 the Torneo Apertura 2022 of the Liga BBVA MX at Olimpico Universitario Stadium, on September 18, 2022.


Rodrigo Huescas celebra su gol 0-1 con Uriel Antuna de Cruz Azul durante el partido Pumas UNAM vs Cruz Azul, correspondiente a la Jornada 15 del Torneo Apertura 2022 de la Liga BBVA MX en el Estadio Olimpico Universitario, el 18 de Septiembre de 2022.
Juan Luis Diaz

Uriel Antuna will not be joining Panathinaikos after Cruz Azul rejected three separate bids from the Greek side for his signature. The ‘Maquina’ are reported to have resisted the lures of the Greek Super League club after they failed to meet the US$6 million asking fee.

ESPN report the negotiation process for a possible Uriel Antuna move to Athens fell through on Monday, as the Greek club informed the player’s representatives thet no new higher bids would be forthcoming.

Last Friday, Panathinaikos presented a third offer for Antuna’s signature with Cruz Azul rejecting the proposal over the weekend with the club deeming the offers to be too low.

The first offer from Panathinaikos was for 3.5 million dollars, the second offer was increased to 4 million dollars and finally the third offer was a loan with a mandatory option to buy in an operation that would have totalled around 5 million dollars to be paid before 30 June.

Antuna left out of Clausura 2023 opener

The 25-year-old was not included in Cruz Azul’s squad for the Clausura 2023 opening game against Tijuana but with the latest developments is expected to participate in matchday 2 of the Clausura 2023 as Cruz Azul face Rayados.