- Elyounoussi...The First of MANY Moves at Olympiacos -
The fans have been heard after the match against Arouca where they chanted “We dream of another Olympiacos.” Major changes will take place at the club within the next 4 days with 7-8 players rumored to be signed and the same amount to be leaving the club. The first signing was announced yesterday, with Norwegian winger Tarik Elyounoussi.
Tarik Elyounoussi is the newest addition to Olympiacos after the signing of Marko Marin from Chelsea. Elyounoussi’s deal closed at around €1 million from German side Hoffenheim. Like Marin, he also plays in the left-wing position or behind the strikers. The Norwegian (origins from Morocco), played at Hoffenheim since 2013 and last season only had 11 appearances due to injury problems. He has consistently played with Norway’s National Team since 2008, registering 36 caps with 8 goals and 5 assists. After Elyounoussi’s addition to the roster, Seba and/or Pardo will likely be transferred out (Seba the first choice to leave).
According to the Gavros newspaper, Olympiacos will complete 7-8 signs by the end of the transfer period as many players will be on their way out of the Greek Champions. Olympiacos will look for two strikers, two stoppers, one winger (Elyounoussi), a left back, and 1-2 midfielders.
For the striker position, it looks like Pulido will be sold to Chivas for an astronomical amount according to various sources. The deal has rumored to reach over €10 million and will bring important financial relief to the club. According to sdna.gr, offers have been received for Ideye Brown and he is likely to be sold with an offer over €5 million.
Oscar Cardozo will be the newest striker at Olympiacos. The former “Benfica killer” is likely to arrive in Athens this weekend to complete a deal with the Erythrolefki. Cardozo is a well-known name in European football having 7 great seasons with Benfica, scoring 112 goals in 175 appearances. Since 2014, he has played in Turkey with Trabzonspor where he scored 25 goals in 50 appearances. Despite his age of 33 years, he has the ability and talent to make the difference in the Greek SuperLeague and the Europa League. Brazilian International, Nilmar, is another option Olympiacos has looked into with various barriers preventing his move to Greece. If these can be overcomed, Nilmar is likely to sign with Olympiacos.
Similar to the striker’s position, Olympiacos’ back-line will drastically change as well. Two of the three current center-backs, Siovas, da Costa, and Botia will be sold by the end of the month. Siovas looks to be the first player on his way out as he is close to a deal with Spanish side Real Betis (currently coached by AEK’s former manager Gustav Poyet). Siovas has been with Olympiacos for 4 seasons and is very open to a move outside of Greece. Liverpool’s center-back Tiago Ilori looks to be Olympiacos’ first choice for Siovas’ replacement. The Portuguese defender recently played alongside Andre Martins at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
According to sportfm.gr, another player from Olympiacos’ starting XI, Luka Milivojevic, is likely to be sold in the coming days. Fiorentina has expressed heavy interest in the Serbian player, along with Zenit from Russia and teams from Turkey. The Greek Champions will sell Milivojevic if a large offer comes in, which is very probable. Cheick Tioté from Newcastle has been looked at as a replacement for Milivojevic and will be bought if the Serbian is sold.
This is only the beginning to a very busy 4 days for the Greek Champions. Stay tuned...
**Earlier this week, Nikos Vergos signed an on loan deal with Real Madrid and will play with their B team (Real Madrid Castilla) for one season. The young Greek striker will compete again in the Spanish Segunda Liga B (third division) after last year’s stay at Elche where he had 12 appearances with 2 goals. He will play alongside Norway’s upcoming superstar Martin Ødegaard and Zinedine Zidane’s two sons. If Real Madrid decide to buy the player at the end of the season, they will need to pay over an €8 million buy-out transfer fee. Vergos is one of the biggest prospects for the future of Greek Football.