Cypriot Europa League hopefuls Omonia look set to lose another key player with reports that star striker Michalis Constantinou is set to leave the club following the high-profile exits of Stathis Aloneftis, skipper Elias Charalambous and Lomana Lua Lua. Constantinou, 33, met with club officials on Thursday evening and was far from impressed with Omonia’s new contract for the player – which reportedly offered him 35% less than what he was set to earn for the 2011-2012 season. Cyprus’ all-time top scorer was to discuss the proposal with his agent, Pachalis Papadopoulos, on Friday before returning an answer to the Nicosia club. His answer is likely to be negative. Omonia coach Neophytos Larkou has already released Timo Wenzel and George Panagi while the club had earlier refused to renew the contract of Víctor Manuel Espasandín. The club, who stated this year that the players would all need to take pay-cuts as part of the club’s strategy to bring their books in order ahead of the UEFA Financial Fair Play policy which will be launched next year, are next set to meet with Peruvian striker Hernan Rengifo and Israeli defender Yuval Shpungin. Omonia, along with Anorthosis Famagusta and AEK Larnaca, will take part in the Europa League second qualifying round in July. APOEL, who dethroned Omonia of the league title last season and became the island’s most titled club in the process, will start their European campaign in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.
source: Cyprus Weekly