Steve Cooper has signed €30 million star defender from Olympiacos.

Steve Cooper has signed €30 million star defender from Olympiacos.

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current Leicester City transfer rumors, with Olympiacos allegedly trying to sign defender David Carmo, who is linked to the Foxes

David Carmo may not join with Leicester City as sources from Portugal indicate Olympiacos has made a €15 million approach to acquire the Porto defender.

The highly-regarded center defender Carmo of Porto, whose reputation grew last season while on loan with the Greek UEFA Europa Conference League champions, was reportedly the subject of a head-to-head negotiation between the Foxes and Wolves, according to Portuguese media two weeks ago. Throughout the knockout stages, he participated in every minute of play, including the final match against Fiorentina and both semi-final legs against Aston Villa

The resurgence of connections came as a pleasant surprise, since at the age of 21, Carmo was considered for a move to Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester club. When facing his old team, Braga, the defender’s attributes were discussed in length by the club’s former manager.

Nevertheless, Olympiacos’s swift steps have dashed any dreams of a move finally happening after all these years. They have made an offer of €12.6 million (€12 million up front plus €3 million in add-ons), according to O Jogo and Record.

Carmo’s English suitors were not expecting this bid, as it was suggested earlier in the month that the Greeks would not move after turning down the €17.5m (£14.8m) option included in his six-month loan agreement. Naturally, Evangelos Marinakis is the owner of Olympiacos. He also has a majority ownership in Nottingham Forest, City’s opponent in the East Midlands.

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Furthermore, Steve Cooper, who was working for Forest under Marinakis before these connections surfaced earlier in June, has not yet been confirmed as the new Foxes manager for the upcoming campaign.

It is unclear how the Foxes would react, but letting their rival’s owner finish this transfer might make it more difficult to choose a talented player who would have otherwise been available as the Welshman’s first addition to his new position.


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