Joao Carvalho will see his time with Nottingham Forest draw to a close later today. According to The Sun, the Portuguese playmaker is due in Athens to sign for Olympiacos in an undisclosed deal.
A deal was struck between the two parties last week. Carvalho is also keen on the move and now a medical will take place in the Greek capital.
It was claimed by Gate 7 International that boss Pedro Martins was keen to sign Carvalho. Things have now moved quickly to get the deal over the line prior to the transfer deadline.
The 24-year-old has struggled for game time this season. He’s started just twice in the Championship during 2021/22, failing to register a goal contribution.
Carvalho cost a club-record £13 million. Quite simply, he’s been unable to live up to that and leaves with eight goals and nine assists from his 75 outings.
Other than his first season under Aitor Karanka though, game time has been a struggle. A large number of those 75 outings have come from the bench and as a luxury player that’s not been ideal.
Now, Carvalho will be hoping to help Olympiacos claim another league title. The Evangelos Marinakis-owned club are currently nine points clear at the top of the division.
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Forest have made plenty of worse signings from overseas than Carvalho. During his maiden campaign, he scored four goals and claimed eight assists as the Reds flirted with the play-offs before Karanka departed.
Some supporters have been unable to look beyond the price which Carvalho cost, however. That hasn’t really been fair on the player and he’s struggled to get going with the sporadic nature of his appearances.
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As a result, a fresh start looks ideal. Carvalho is at the age where he needs to start fulfilling his undoubted potential and without the pressure of a huge price tag, he could thrive.
Carvalho will be hoping to prove his Forest critics wrong when he settles in at Olympiacos.