Moledo remains Olympiacos’ number one target in defense

Moledo remains Olympiacos’ number one target in defense

Rodrigo Moledo remains Olympiacos’ first target in defense for the upcoming season while Fetfatzidis could be making a return to Piraeus. 

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As Olympiacos look to make major changes to the roster this summer, the names are beginning to flood local reports in Greece. A consistent name since the end of the season has been former Panathinaikos defender, Rodrigo Moledo, who appears to be Olympiacos’ number one target for next season’s backline. 

His case includes many difficulties and although Olympiacos are keen to sign the player, they will need to overcome these hurdles to bring the player to Piraeus. When the Brazilian defender moved from Panathinaikos to Internacional in January, a clause was included in the deal that states if Moledo moves to another Greek club before the summer 2019 transfer window, a 2 million Euro fee must be paid to Panathinaikos. In addition, the Greens must be informed of all official offers from a Greek club for Moledo as they reserve the right to make an equal offer to repurchase the player, a scenario that seems improbable due to Panathinaikos’ crippling financial situation. 

The 2 million Euro fee in Moledo’s contract seems to be the biggest barrier for his move back to Greece and Olympiacos. Nonetheless, Olympiacos are looking at all options to purchase the player and make him the backbone of the Erythrolefko defense for the new season. The Reds think highly of Moledo, not only for his defensive abilities but of his experience and knowledge of Greek football as he was viewed as one of the best center backs in Greece when he played for Panathinaikos. 

If Moledo’s case does fall through, Pedrao of Guimaraes looks to be the club’s backup option. Olympiacos’ scouting department, headed by former players Francois Modesto and Christian Karembeu, are currently looking at player options in France and Portugal. The two men are looking to sign two center backs, a defensive midfielder, and two strikers before preseason training begins at the end of June. These positions are of utmost priority at the club. 

Former Olympiacos player, Giannis Fetfatzidis, is also rumored with a move back to Piraeus. The now 27-year old is a free agent after breaking his contract with Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia and is expected to continue his career back in Greece. Olympiacos have shown interest in the winger and the player would like to return back to the club he “grew up” with. Olympiacos are not expected to offer the millions “Fetfa” was making at Al-Ahli, however, with some negotiating, the two sides could come to an agreement. AEK are also rumored to be interested in Fetfatzidis with Olympiacos currently holding the upper-hand. 

In other news, Olympiacos’ star striker this season, Karim Ansarifard, has been linked with a move to Germany and Stuttgart. The player has stated that he will make a decision about his future after the World Cup, but recent reports have stated that he is more likely to depart rather than stay in Greece.

by Sarantos Kaperonis
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