Meriah travelling to Greece ahead of possible Olympiacos transfer
Despite having already made plenty of excellent signings, Olympiacos are now reportedly close to sealing the signature of defender Yassine Meriah.
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Tunisian international Meriah, capable of playing either at the back or as a defensive midfielder, represented his country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and is currently on the books of CS Sfaxien in Tunisia. According to various reports, Sfaxien have accepted an Olympiacos bid of 1.8 million euros, with Meriah agreeing to sign a three-year contract with the Thrylos. The 25-year old is travelling to Greece ahead of completing the transfer.
So far, Meriah has spent the entirety of his career in his native Tunisia, playing for AS Ariana, ES Metlaoui and CS Sfaxien. Meriah played every minute of Tunisia’s World Cup campaign in Russia as the team finished in third place of Group G behind England and Belgium.
FLAMENGO HOLDING FIRM ON WILLIAN ARAO
In other news, the Piraeus club are eager to pinch central midfielder Willian Arao from Flamengo, but the Brazilians aren’t willing to let him go easily. Initially, Olympiacos offered 2.3 million for Arao, however Flamengo have now stated that they will only consider bids exceeding four million. For his part, Arao likes the idea of joining Olympiacos and would agree to the move if he receives the opportunity. PAOK have also expressed interest in Arao.
Tall, imposing Egyptian forward Ahmed Hassan is edging closer to leaving Braga in favour of Olympiacos. Interestingly, Hassan’s agent is the well-known Jorge Mendes, who has solid relations with the Erythrolefkoi.
Hassan has been a Braga player since 2015, moving to the club after catching the eye with fellow Portuguese team Rio Ave. During the 2017/2018 season, 25-year old Hassan netted five goals in 20 Liga NOS appearances, often given a slot in the Braga starting line-up. Under contract at Braga for a further two years, Hassan’s value is rated at two million by Transfermarkt.
SQUAD NAMED FOR TRAINING CAMP IN BELGIUM
On Friday, the Olympiacos team will travel to Belgium for the second training camp of the pre-season. These 28 players have been included in the squad:
Goalkeepers: Lefteris Choutesiotis, Andreas Gianniotis, Dimitris Skafidas, Konstantinos Tzolakis.
Defenders: Pape-Abou Cisse, Stefanos Evangelou, Bjorn Engels, Roderick Miranda, Giannis Masouras, Leonardo Koutris, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Dimitris Nikolaou, Omar Elabdellaoui, Jagos Vukovic.
Midfielders: Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, Andreas Bouchalakis, Konstantinos Fortounis, Alaxiys Romao, Felipe Pardo, Marko Marin, Giannis Fetfatzidis, Daniel Podence, Marios Vrousai, Athanasios Androutsos, Mohamed Camara.
Forwards: Miguel Angel Guerrero, Uros Djurdjevic, Dimitris Manos.
Iranian World Cup participants Ehsan Hajsafi and Karim Ansarifard will join up with the group on Sunday. Giorgos Manthatis, Nikolaos Vergos, Nikitas Nikolis, Manolis Saliakas and Christos Karadais have remained in Greece and are not in Pedro Martins’ plans.
Six friendly matches are scheduled for the training camps in Belgium (July 14-21) and the Netherlands (July 21-27) :
KVV Thes Sport - Olympiacos, July 14
Eupen - Olympiacos, July 15
Sint-Truiden - Olympiacos, July 18
Genk - Olympiacos, July 21
PSV - Olympiacos, July 24
Goztepe - Olympiacos, July 26