Berg and Araujo seeing their names linked with Olympiacos
In recent weeks, Olympiacos have picked up form again with Portuguese manager Pedro Martins, however they’re eager to sign a new striker in the upcoming January transfer window.
If Olympiacos converted the vast majority of their chances, they could quite feasibly be leading the Super League right now. Let’s use the home match against PAOK in Piraeus as an example. Inside a raucous Karaiskakis Stadium, Olympiacos dominated proceedings and registered a huge 23 shots, however an unfortunate own goal from Jagos Vukovic and dreadful finishing somehow allowed the visitors to sneak a 1:0 victory. That game sums up Olympiacos’ domestic campaign so far, and given the profligacy in front of goal, the management are scanning the market to sign a potentially prolific striker in January.
In the summer, Olympiacos pinched Ahmed Hassan and Miguel Angel Guerrero, however it’s clear that the pair are not going to score anywhere near 20+ goals per season. Egyptian forward Hassan is currently injured, but when he’s been on the pitch, he’s turned into an expert at missing glorious chances (alongside scoring a couple of crucial goals). Guerrero is also injury prone and isn’t naturally an out-and-out goalscorer. Greek striker Dimitris Manos joined from OFI, however he still hasn’t earned the full trust of Pedro Martins and is yet to prove himself in the Super League.
As previously reported on AGONAsport, the Erythrolefkoi are considering the possibility of making a bid for former AEK forward Sergio Araujo, with the Piraeus club willing to pay up to five million euros to acquire the player from La Liga 2 outfit Las Palmas. According to reports, Las Palmas chairman Miguel Angel Ramirez has received news of Olympiacos’ interest, and he would be prepared to negotiate with the Greeks should they submit a serious offer. Araujo has scored two goals and made two assists in the 2018/2019 season, and in the event that he did join Olympiacos, feathers would certainly be ruffled in Nea Filadelfeia.
Another name heavily linked with Olympiacos is ex Panathinaikos hitman Marcus Berg. In July 2017, the Swedish forward transferred from financially stricken Panathinaikos to UAE club Al Ain, where he’s continued hitting the target at an impressive rate. In the 2017/2018 campaign, he netted a huge 25 goals in just 21 league games, and he’s already scored seven this season. His contract with Al Ain expires in May 2019, however Olympiacos would like to sign him in the winter. It’s worth noting that if Olympiacos sign him up in January, four million will have to be paid to Panathinaikos as a part of a previous agreement. No money would need to be coughed up if Olympiacos loaned him or waited six months to secure his services on a free. Interestingly, Berg’s wife is extremely keen on a return to Greece, and this factor does raise the possibility of the 32-year old Swedish international joining the Thrylos.
Other players mentioned with a possible move to Olympiacos in the winter are Konstantinos Mitroglou (Marseille) and Roberto Soldado (Fenerbahce). On the departures front, it’s looking increasingly likely that veteran Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure will leave Olympiacos. The 35-year old returned to Olympiacos this summer, but he hasn’t been able to make an impact, often sitting on the sidelines and out of favour with Pedro Martins. Turkish giants Besiktas are interested in signing the versatile player.