Talented Olympiacos squad full of valuable assets
AGONAsport analyses Olympiacos’ most valuable players with the summer transfer window well and truly open.
Overall, in accordance with the figures provided by Transfermarkt, the entire Olympiacos squad has a combined value of 81.05 million euros. Unsurprisingly, top of the list is Kostas Fortounis (10 million), while Mohamed Camara, Leonardo Koutris, Pape Abou Cisse, Omar Elabdellaoui and Daniel Podence aren’t too far behind. Coached by the wily Pedro Martins, Olympiacos improved greatly in the 2018/2019 season, finishing in second place of the Super League to earn a return to the UEFA Champions League.
The fact Olympiacos are in the Champions League this season certainly makes the club’s life easier on the transfer market. Unlike many fellow Greek clubs, Olympiacos are in a very comfortable financial position, meaning they aren’t under any pressure to cash in on their stars.
Let’s take a closer look at the value of their leading players:
He’s not going anywhere. Towards the end of the season, plenty of rumours began to suggest that West Ham and a handful of Turkish clubs were prepared to pay a large sum of money for Fortounis, but Olympiacos refused to sell and the 26-year-old subsequently penned a new contract with the Erythrolefki through to 2023. According to the media, West Ham had even offered around 16 million euros for Fortounis, however that wasn’t enough to persuade Olympiacos to part with their star midfielder. Olympiacos would consider selling Fortounis if the offer was closer to 20 million.
Transfermarkt value: 10 million
A genuine contender for signing of the season. When Olympiacos signed Camara from AC Ajaccio, the Guinean was an unknown quantity, but he rapidly transformed into the most complete defensive midfielder in the Super League. His excellent passing range, the calmness with which he plays, his stunning goals against Asteras and AEK; Camara is the real deal. A model professional who goes about his business with class and minimal fuss.
Camara’s profile is constantly rising with Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, Monaco, Olympique Lyonnais and Newcastle closely tracking his progress. Olympaicos firmly believe that they can raise 20 million for Camara when they eventually decide to cash in.
Transfermarkt value: Eight million
One of Greek football’s stand-out prospects. Initially, Koutris was kept out of the Olympiacos team by Konstantinos Tsimikas at the start of the season, but the left-back later secured his place in the starting line-up with purposeful, energetic displays on the flank. His passionate tears of joy after beating AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League endeared himself to the Olympiacos faithful even more.
Koutris has also began to feature on a regular basis for the Greek national team. Impressed by his potential, Genoa, Benfica and English teams have been making enquiries concerning his availability, with the former seeing a bid of 5.5 million rejected. Olympiacos will not sell Koutris for any amount lower than eight million.
Transfermarkt value: Six million
Pape Abou Cisse
In the winter, Olympiacos received a lucrative offer from an unnamed Bundesliga team for the talented Senegalese defender, but they turned it down with the management eager to gain a minimum of 15 million for Cisse.
Ever since joining Olympiacos in the summer of 2017, Cisse has caught the eye in Piraeus, emerging as the team’s most reliable centre-back. In the 2018/2019 season, he managed to score a couple of crucial goals for Olympiacos too, grabbing a last-gasp equaliser in the Eternal Derby against Panathinaikos and finding the net in the famous win over AC Milan. Olympiacos want to build their defence around Cisse and it will take a big bid for them to sell one of their prize assets.
Transfermarkt value: Six million
A wonderful 2018/2019 campaign has dramatically increased interest in the Norwegian defender. Playing in the position of right-back, 27-year-old Elabdellaoui was an irreplaceable figure for Olympiacos last season, bombing up and down the flank to great effect as he made vital contributions to the attack. Celtic, Southampton and Leicester have all been rumoured to be highly interested in acquiring Elabdellaoui’s services, and in order to push Olympiacos into selling, they will have to offer a minimum of five/six million.
Elabdellaoui’s Olympiacos contract is due to expire in June of 2021.
Transfermarkt value: Five million
What a fantastic signing Podence has turned out to be. Last year, Olympiacos signed Podence in controversial fashion from Sporting Lisbon, but the transfer was deemed legal and the gifted Portuguese winger has shone in Greece. In the past season, the diminutive Podence took a leading role with his superb technical skills, boasting the ability to beat his opponents one-on-one and conjure up an end product. There’s never a dull moment when Podence has the ball at his feet.
So far, there have been no concrete reports of clubs wanting to sign Podence, and Olympiacos demand between 10-15 million for the 23-year-old.
Transfermarkt value: 4.5 million