Bouchalakis renews, Benzia and Dabo deals On the horizon
Olympiacos continue their busy summer in the transfer market. Bouchalakis renews, Benzia and Dabo deals seem close, while other players begin to depart.
Olympiacos and midfielder Andreas Bouchalakis agreed terms on a contract extension on Friday. The new deal will keep the 25-year-old at the Karaiskakis Stadium until 2022. Bouchalakis’ previous contract was set to run out at the end of the season meaning he would have been free to sign for any club on January 1st, 2020.
The Crete-born Bouchalakis came over to Olympiacos from Ergotelis in 2014. After three seasons in Piraeus he went on loan to Nottingham Forest for the 2017/18 season before returning to the Erythrolefki. The contract renewal with the club is an indicator of the player convincing manager Pedro Martins of his quality in the last year. Bouchalakis has become a stalwart in the Portuguese manager’s selections and has now amassed 70 appearances in an Olympiacos shirt, chipping in with five goals and five assists during that period.
Olympiacos Remain Busy On Transfer Front
Ahead of the crucial return tie in the Champions’ League qualifiers against Viktoria Plzen, Olympiacos remain incredibly active in the summer transfer window.
Reports continue to suggest the club are very close to an agreement to sign Algerian attacker Yassine Benzia from Lille. Benzia is considered to be the club’s top transfer target and a player who is seen as the natural replacement for Kostas Fortounis, the Greek international who suffered a serious injury earlier in the preseason.
Lille are traditionally one of the tougher clubs to bargain with in France, but the climate between the clubs seems positive and a deal seems likely.
Also on the radar for Olympiacos is Fiorentina’s defensive midfielder Bryan Dabo. The Burkina Faso international is wanted by the Greek side, however the gap between the club and their Italian counterparts remains. Olympiacos are reportedly seeking to bring the player in on loan while Fiorentina would rather sell the player for a fee in the area of €3 million.
With the amount of players that Olympiacos have brought in, some players have had to look elsewhere in search of playing time. Two deals were confirmed recently. The first sees Giorgos Manthatis join Cypriot side Anorthosis on a one-year loan deal. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder’s chances for playing time seemed limited this season and thus he decided to make the switch for the 2019/20 campaign,
There was a permanent deal completed as well that sends right-back Manolis Saliakas to Lamia. Previously tabbed as a loan move, the two clubs agreed on a full transfer after it was revealed the player was not in Martins’ plans going forward.
Finally, the rumors linking Pape Abou Cisse to England continue to gain steam. With super agent Pedro Mendes involved, Wolves are set to offer as much as €20 million for the player according to some outlets. If the Premier League side is willing to spend such a fee then it would be a near certainty that Olympiacos would accept a figure in that region. The prevailing belief is that within the next few days the Senegalese center-back will be off to England with Olympiacos losing an important player, but also reaping a massive transfer fee.