Olympiacos are said to been to bring Nottingham Forest midfielder João Carvalho to the Karaiskakis Stadium this summer.
There’s no doubt that the £13.2m million club-record signing has become a popular figure on Trentside. He has shown the quality he has at his disposal, whilst also showing signs that he still has plenty of room for improvement.
According to a report from Greek media outlet SDNA, Olympiacos have the 22-year-old high on their list of targets this summer. The report states that he is the only player that the Greek Super League side would be interested in signing from the Reds.
The report also reads: “Time will tell if there is a move to get it, as coach Martin O’Neill has not clarified whether he has his plans for the new season.” This suggests that O’Neill is yet to make his mind up about the Portuguese midfielder.
This isn’t the first time that Carvalho has been linked with a move to Olympiacos. There were reports from SDNA at the beginning of April that Evangelos Marinakis’ other club might consider a move for the midfielder.
In this case, there’s no doubt that Reds supporters will want to see more of Carvalho next season. There will be concerns over this report’s suggestion that O’Neill is yet to make his mind up about him.
Will he be a key part of his plans moving forward? Or is he tempted to cash-in and spend the money on signing his own targets?
Many Forest fans believe that O’Neill scuppered his side’s chances of making the play-offs by not playing Carvalho regularly enough. He started just four games for the Northern Irishman last season. Three of these were in the last three games of the season.
In the three games Carvalho did start at the end of the season, the Reds won all three. He produced a sensational display in the win against Middlesbrough. He backed this up by picking up another assist against Queens Park Rangers the week after.
It remains to be seen whether or not he is part of O’Neill’s plans next season. It seems to difficult to envisage him not being. His performances towards the end of the season were more than enough to prove he has plenty to offer.
The 3-4-2-1 formation O’Neill opted to utilise in the final few games suited Carvalho’s game perfectly. The question is whether O’Neill decides to stick with this moving forward. If he doesn’t, then Carvalho could find himself out of the team again next season.