Sheffield United have rejected a bid from Olympiacos for Max Lowe following his standout season for Nottingham Forest last season.
Furthermore, the youngster has been snapped on board a plane taking the United squad to their pre-season training camp in Portugal.
It’s not easy to understand what plans the Blades have for Lowe. It’s been claimed that he’s valued at £5 million but that valuation seems excessive.
It does seem as though Olympiacos will be undeterred in their efforts to sign the former Forest loanee.
Greek journalist Gerasimos Manolidis has claimed that he remains the main transfer target for the champions of Greece this summer.
Clearly, Evangelos Marinakis is keen to sign him. Naturally, Forest may have bigger fish to fry at left-back now that Premier League football has come to the City Ground.
Lowe made 20 appearances for Forest last season. His last came as a late substitute during the Championship play-off final that Forest won.
He did struggle with a niggling injury during his time at the club. Lowe injured the same groin on two occasions and that is perhaps a worry ahead of the Premier League campaign.
With Olympiacos now keen to seal a deal for Lowe it would seem as though Forest are now out of the picture.
Harry Toffolo has been linked with a move from Huddersfield and perhaps Forest have switched their focus.
Lowe bid rejected and Forest wise to move on
The 24-year-old defender would surely relish the chance to sign for Olympiacos if the opportunity arose.
Likewise, had Forest been willing to part with the £5 million that United crave, he’d have welcomed a Premier League chance.
With him heading out to Portugal for pre-season it seems as though he will earn a United reprieve.
It’s now up to him to prove a point to Paul Heckingbottom whilst he is at the training camp.
Forest are wise to focus their efforts on signing another left-sided wing-back this summer.
Lowe did an admirable job when called upon during 2021/22 but his groin problem is something of a worry.
Olympiacos could be an ideal move for him though and playing Champions League football won’t be sniffed at.