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Contreras set for Olympiacos
- Updated: August 14, 2012
Former PAOK defender Pablo Contreras will fly to Athens this week to sign with Greek giants Olympiacos, according to widespread reports.
The Chile international will move for fee of around €200,000 from Colo-Colo and will slot into a central defence that is without the injured Avraam Papadopoulos; the Greece international suffered knee ligament damage at Euro 2012 and is a long-term absentee.
Experienced centre-back Olof Mellberg also left the club during the summer, leaving new manager Leonardo Jardim with an immediate lack of depth in defence.
At the age of 33 and with a successful spell in Greece already under his belt, Contreras seems to be a direct replacement for the departed Mellberg.
Negotiations between Colo-Colo and Olympiacos have been ongoing, with Arsenal’s Sebastien Squillaci touted as an alternative target if a move broke down.
Contreras’ arrival is all but confirmed however and he will likely sign a two-year contract with an annual salary of €600,000.
His arrival follows closely from that of Portuguese international Paulo Machado, who has already been officially unveiled by the Piraeus club. Contreras is expected to be in Greece on Tuesday to complete his move.