Olympiacos turn to Greece international Apostolos Vellios
Olympiacos are close to signing Greece international Apostolos Vellios. The Erythrolefki are also looking to sign two starting XI players by the end of the month.
According to sportfm.gr, Olympiacos are close to signing Greece international Apostolos Vellios from Nottingham Forest. Olympiacos have turned to alternative options for their attacking line after the signing of Mbokani was halted by his poor medical test results.
With coach Besnik Hasi expecting an additional striker to the roster urgently, Vellios could very well be announced by Olympiacos on Friday. The current roster only has two strikers, Ansarifard and Vergos, while Champions League qualifying begins in just over a month. Vellios’ style of play fits Hasi’s requests and the Albanian coach gave the OK to proceed with his signing.
If Vellios does make a move to Piraeus, the Erythrolefki will likely sign another striker later in the summer. A reminder, the last two seasons Olympiacos have signed their starting striker for the new season on the final day of the transfer window, including Ideye Brown (2015) and Oscar Cardozo (2016).
Olympiacos’ technical director Mario Husillos left the team’s preseason training sight in Seefeld, Austria for an unknown trip, sparking rumors of another possible signing. The club is looking to complete two starting XI player moves before the end of the month to give ample time for the new additions to adapt to the club before Champions League qualifying begins.
Recent reports have stated that the Superleague champions are interested in Benfica’s Lisandro Lopez (stopper) and left-back Eliseu. Legia’s Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, who was the MVP of last season’s Polish Ekstraklasa, remains a top option for the defensive midfield position. However, his high cost could pose a barrier to his move to Greece (rumored €6 million).
Finally, it seems as if Olympiacos have lost interest in former Fiorentina captain Gonzalo Rodriguez, who is taking his time to decide his next career stop. The situation regarding Konstantinos Laifis also looks to be turning in the wrong direction as Standard Liege are keen on keeping him for another year on loan (per the contract) and the Cypriot defender will likely play in Belgium for one more season.