Olympiacos showing strong interest in Soldano
According to various reports, Olympiacos are close to securing the signature of Argentinian striker Franco Soldano, who currently plays for Union de Santa Fe.
In the current season, the Erythrolefkoi have played some attractive football under the leadership of Portuguese coach Pedro Martins, but the profligacy in front of goal has cost Olympiacos in the Super League. Strikers Miguel Angel Guerrero, Ahmed Hassan, and Dimitris Manos haven’t displayed a killer instinct in front of goal, and given their lack of goals, the Olympiacos management set the task of acquiring a new forward in the winter transfer window. Initially, rumours had linked Olympiacos with Facundo Ferreyra and Konstantinos Mitroglou, but it now seems most likely that Franco Soldano will move to Piraeus.
Soldano, 24, has been on the books of Union de Santa Fe in his native Argentina since 2014 after moving from Union Sunchales and holds dual nationality (Argentina, Italy). At first, Union de Santa Fe rejected Olympiacos’ first proposal, but negotiations are ongoing between the two clubs and reports in the media suggest the Thrylos are edging closer to a deal for the Argentinian forward. In order to acquire 75% of Soldano’s rights, Olympiacos must pay Union de Santa Fe 1.5 million, while one million will suffice to purchase 50% of his legal rights. Union de Santa Fe would then retain a 25% resale rate for Soldano’s next transfer.
Eager to play in Europe, Soldano is pushing for Union de Santa Fe to allow him to join Olympiacos, and it’s understood that the player is beginning to apply even more pressure on his employers to sanction the transfer as soon as possible. On his Instagram account, the striker recently published a post which could be taken as a farewell message to Union de Santa Fe. His contract with the Argentinian organisation expires in June 2020.
So far, Soldano has made 14 Primera Division appearances in the 2018/2019 season, scoring two goals. If Soldano is snapped up by Olympiacos, it’s widely expected that either Ahmed Hassan or Dimitris Manos will leave the Piraeus club this winter. Hassan hasn’t lived up to expectations with only three goals in 11 matches in all competitions, while Manos has struggled to make the line-up.
Alongside Soldano, Olympiacos are also keeping a close eye on 24-year old Bosnian attacking midfielder Haris Hajradinovic. In Croatia, Hajradinovic has impressed with NK Osijek, contributing with seven goals and four assists in just 17 league games this season. Olympiacos and German outfit VfB Stuttgart are closely monitoring Hajradinovic’s progress, and Italian, Spanish and French clubs are also displaying interest in the player.