No signings but plenty of departures at Olympiacos on deadline day
The last day of the winter transfer window saw Olympiacos bid farewell to Milic, Emenike, and Carcela as the three followed the paths of Figueiras and Zdjelar, who departed a few days ago. The Erythrolefki failed to complete a last minute signing before the transfer deadline.
It was a busy day at the office for Olympiacos as three players were officially let go from the club on deadline day. First to go was Hrvoje Milic, who terminated his contract with Olympiacos after a disappointing six months in Greece. The Croatian left back was signed by Olympiacos over the summer for 1.5 million Euros from Fiorentina and was expected to be the club’s staring left back for the season, but the 28-year old never really grasped his chance. Young Greek defender, Leonardo Koutris, became the irreplaceable left back in Piraeus as Milic finished the first half of the season with just four appearances (2 in the Cup and 2 in the SuperLeague).
Mehdi Carcela will continue his career with Standard Liege on a loan deal from Granada (own the player’s right). The Moroccan winger will begin his third stay for the Belgian giants after playing with the club from 2008-2011 and 2013-2015. Carcela was out of the plans of former coach Takis Lemonis, however received a second chance when Oscar Garcia was appointed. Despite returning to the club’s practices in recent weeks, the Piraeus club decided to let the player go.
The biggest disappointment from the Red’s summer signings, Emmanuel Emenike, will continue the season on loan in the Spanish La Liga with Las Palmas. The Nigerian striker, who was the highest paid player at Olympiacos, made only 10 appearances for the SuperLeague champions and netted just four goals in all competitions. Despite rumors of a move to Alanyaspor in Turkey, the 30-year old will play on loan in the La Liga in an unexpected deadline day move. Olympiacos will receive 920,000 Euros in the deal.
A few days ago, Diogo Figueiras left Olympiacos for his home country, Portugal, and signed on with Braga until 2022. Figueiras Olympiacos last summer and made a total of 43 appearances for the club with three goals. Serbian midfielder Sasa Zdjelar joined Partizan on a six month loan move from Olympiacos which includes a buy-out clause at the end of the deal.
Sidelined goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino did not depart Olympiacos and will remain with the club until the end of the season unless he makes a move to an open market.
Despite all the departures, Olympiacos failed to make a last minute signing on deadline day. The Erythrolefki hoped to sign a right back and a striker before the deadline, however the Greek giants were unable to work out a deal and all negotiations fell through. Oscar Garcia’s roster is set for the end of the season as Olympiacos partake in the closest SuperLeague title race in recent years.