Olympiacos Set For Comings And Goings In January
The winter transfer window is nearly here. Greek sides are expected to make moves to bolster their squads next month, but the transfer business as usual will be lighter than during the summer months.
Having said that, one club is expected to have a busy opening to 2018. Olympiacos is expected to engage in a flurry of transfer activity come January.
The Erythrolefki are expected to be busy on multiple fronts in a series of moves that are expected to have players coming and going.
The club have already confirmed that four players will be gone (Kapino, Zdjelar, Milic, and Carcela) for sure while manager Takis Lemonis is reportedly keen to on cutting down the squad size to a more manageable 24-25 players. That means as many as 4-5 more players could be on the move come January to new clubs either on loan deal or in permanent transfers.
In recent days, the two players to be rumored heavily about exits from the club are said to be Vadis Odidja-Ofoe and Seba. The Belgian Ofoe is believed to be a potential target of Sporting Lisbon in Portugal as Jorge Jesus is said to be an admirer. Olympiacos are happy with Ofoe’s contributions thus far since purchasing the player last summer, however Ofoe and his family are said to be considering leaving Greece after their house was burglarized last month. Olympiacos want to hold on to the player, but if they decide to sell they will expect anywhere between €5-8 million. Ofoe may ultimately decide to stay with the club as well taking into account his desire to make the Belgium squad for the World Cup.
Brazilian winger Seba is also rumored to be on the cusp of a departure. His destination is believed to be China. His former manager at Olympiacos, Paulo Bento, is now in charge of Chongqing Lifa and the Chinese outfit is said to be prepared to launch a €5 million bid for the player. Should Seba leave along with the imminent move away by Carcela, then Olympiacos would certainly be in the market for at least one if not two wide attackers.
Of course the big target come January for Olympiacos is none other than Everton’s Kevin Mirallas. The former Olympiacos man appears to be keen on a move back to Piraeus judging from his comments to media over the last few months. Reports this week stated that Olympiacos are ready to spend €13 million on the Belgian over the next four years, €5 million to buy him from the Toffees and €8 million to Mirallas himself in a four-year deal. The purchase of Mirallas has become more complicated in recent days though with the news that West Ham are hot on the trail of the 30-year-old. The Premier League club seem prepared to spend €9 million to lure Mirallas to East London.
Other names have been slow to come to the fore, but increasingly Olympiacos look set to look toward Portugal and England in January for players to add to reinforce the squad. Domestically, Andreas Gianniotis is said to be the club’s top goalkeeping target. The Atromitos goalkeeper is having a terrific season and the club want to bring the player back to Piraeus. At this point it’s unlikely Gianniotis would come in January so should the move happen it would probably be in the summer.