Olympiacos Set To Make Rosters Additions And Cuts In January
Olympiacos is is set to bring about some roster changes during the January transfer window. A trio of players currently in the squad are set to make an exit come January either in possible transfer or loan deals.
Hrvoje Milic, Jagos Vuckovic, and Sasa Zdjelar are favorites to make winter moves. One major clue to this was the recent Greek Cup match against Kissamikos where the trio all failed to make the squad for that match despite the fact that manager Takis Lemonis had left out several regular team members.
Milic is just about certain to exit with interest from clubs in Croatia, Russia, and Ukraine. Vuckovic is also likely to depart having played few matches and with the prospect of wanting to make the Serbia roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Zdjelar had some appearances in the early part of the season, however since a cameo in the win over PAOK last month, Lemonis has not even named the Serbian midfielder to a single roster.
A potential Vuckovic departure would open up a place for a center-back and the club seem keen on recalling young Brazilian Bruno Viana from his loan deal with Braga. Viana has been superb in Portugal and the Olympiacos hierarchy seem set on giving him another chance at the club.
Also heavily rumored on joining the club either this January or in the summer is PAS Giannina defender Kostas Mavropanos. The 19-year-old center-back has been watched closely and Olympiacos seem keen on his acquisition. It would be likely though that even in the case of purchasing the player this winter, Mavropanos would likely finish out the season in Giannina.
Finally, reports of Kevin Mirallas’ return to Greece are beginning to gain steam. The Everton attacker is reported to have agreed terms with Olympiacos with only Everton a hurdle in completing a move back to Piraeus. This would represent a blockbuster move for the reigning Greek champions in sealing the return of the Belgian international.