Cisse pens new deal, Sa to stay, Fetfatzidis on way out
Pape Abou Cisse has secured an improved contract, Jose Sa convinced the management to attempt to sign him on a permanent basis, but Giannis Fetfatzidis, Yaya Toure and Felipe Pardo could possibly be on their way out. AGONAsport analyses the Olympiacos transfer situation.
According to reports, 23-year old Senegalese centre-back Pape Abou Cisse has penned a new contract at Olympiacos which will keep him in Piraeus until at least 2022. Cisse was earning around 200,000 euros per year when he initially joined Olympiacos, but reports are suggesting that the commanding defender has had his wages tripled to 600,000! His market value has also risen to 2.5 million.
This season, Cisse has grown into a reliable, confident figure in the centre of defence, while also scoring the equaliser in the Eternal Derby with Panathinaikos. In October, he made his debut for the Senegalese national team, registering the winner in the same match against Sudan (1:0). Olympiacos will only listen to offers exceeding 10 million for Cisse.
Another expected to renew his contract is left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas. Since returning from a successful loan spell at Willem II, Greek international Tsimikas has impressed with Olympiacos, competing with energy on the left wing and displaying plenty of passion on the field. Recently, he’s lost his place in the starting line-up to Leonardo Koutris, but the management are still preparing to hand Tsimikas a new deal with improved financial terms. Tsimikas has played in 15 matches in all competitions so far, contributing with two assists.
OLYMPIACOS EAGER TO KEEP SA
When Olympiacos signed Jose Sa on loan from FC Porto in the summer transfer window, many expected the Portuguese goalkeeper to play second fiddle to the talented Andreas Gianniotis, but he’s proved his doubters wrong. After a few crucial errors from Gianniotis (notably in the 0:1 defeat to PAOK), Sa was made the number one goalkeeper by head coach Pedro Martins, and 25-year old has subsequently excelled with solid showings between the sticks. On matchday five of the UEFA Europa League, Olympiacos did lose 0:1 to Real Betis in Spain, however Sa stole the show with a stunning penalty save and a number of flashy stops.
The Greek media have suggested that the Erythrolefkoi have already engaged in negotiations with Porto in order to sign Sa on a permanent basis. Sa’s agent, Jorge Mendes, maintains excellent relations with Olympiacos and Porto, and his role in the conversations will be decisive.
VROUSAI AND ANDROUTSOS MOVING TO NEA SMYRNI
On November 23, it was confirmed that 24-year old Panionios winger Giorgos Masouras will join Olympiacos in January for 400,000, but alongside that sum of money, it appears two Thrylos players will be on their way to Nea Smyrni. At the moment, it seems Marios Vrousai and Athanasios Androutsos will both be sent to Panionios in exchange for Masouras in the winter transfer window, two players which have been on the fringes of the Olympiacos team throughout the first stage of the 2018/2019 season. Details will become clear closer to January.
FETFATZIDIS HEADING FOR POSSIBLE EXIT
Gifted winger Giannis Fetfatzidis returned to Greece this season after time spent in Saudi Arabia, but after just half a season with Olympiacos, he could be on his way out. Rarely given a place in the starting 11, Fetfatzidis has struggled to make an impact, and he hasn’t helped his own cause with a few terrible misses when presented with goalscoring opportunities. Pedro Martins isn’t his biggest fan and rumours are linking the 27-year old with a move away from the club.
INTEREST SHOWN IN KOUTRIS
Olympiacos are receiving interest in defender Leonardo Koutris. English Premier League strugglers Newcastle United are keen to sign a left-back, and in the media, stories have emerged stating that well known manager Rafael Benitez is eyeing up a move for Olympiacos star Koutris. In recent weeks, Koutris has forced his way into the Olympiacos team, persuading Pedro Martins to keep him in the side. Koutris played in his maiden match for the Greek national team against Finland in mid-November (1:0) and Newcastle could make an offer in January.
In other news, back-up goalkeeper Lefteris Choutesiotis and defender Dimitris Nikolaou are likely to be sent out on loan, Colombian winger Felipe Pardo has been deemed surplus to requirements and is free to search for a new club, veteran Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure is out of favour, and the future of forwards Ahmed Hassan and Dimitris Manos depend on whether Olympiacos sign a striker in the winter.