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Olympiacos transfer target Paulo Machado lands in Athens
- Updated: August 13, 2012
Olympiacos’ pursuit to sign Paulo Machado got a huge lift on Sunday when the Portuguese midfielder arrived at Athens’ Eleftheros Venizelos Airport. A long-time transfer target, Machado was greeted by many Olympiacos fans as he now looks to continue his career in Greece after weeks of speculation.
The former Toulouse man has agreed a tentative three-year deal with Olympiacos pending a physical at the team’s offices on Monday. Should the transfer go through successfully, it is reported that the move will cost Olympiacos an estimated €2.7 million — making Machado one of the more expensive acquisitions made by the Erythrolefki in recent seasons.
Olympiacos were rumored to be interested in signing the 26-year-old back in January, but the move never materialized as talks between both sides broke down. With just one-year remaining on his contract in France, Olympiacos pressed Toulouse to sell the player but only reached an agreement with the Ligue 1 side late last week.
Machado, a former team-mate of Olympiacos’ scoring ace Kevin Mirallas, is expected to play a crucial role in Olympiacos’ midfield following the summer departures of Jean Makoun and Pablo Orbaiz.
Meanwhile, the search continues for a center-back in order to solidify the team’s back-line, which has looked quite weak under the supervision of new recruits Kostas Manolas and Dimitris Siovas. A long-term injury to Avraam Papadopoulos and the departure of Olof Mellberg has forced Olympiacos to scout an experience center-back, with former PAOK defender, Pablo Contreras, among the ones at the top of the club’s shortlist. Sebastian Squillaci, a want-away defender at Arsenal, has also been linked with a move to Piraeus this summer.