Joao Carvalho has been linked with a move to Olympiacos this summer, with reports suggesting that the Nottingham Forest midfielder could be signed by the Greek Superleague club to replace Konstantinos Fortounis. West Ham United are interested in the Olympiacos captain and his departure will open the door to a successor.
Olympiacos, however, would have to break their transfer record to sign one. Forest spent £13.2m to sign Carvalho from Benfica in July 2018 and wouldn’t sell the 22-year-old for less than they paid. According to Transfermarkt, Olympiacos’ transfer record is £12.15m for Zlatko Zahovic from FC Porto in 1999/00, so Carvalho would become their most expensive signing.
Forest have no intention of selling the young midfielder and Olympiacos may not be open to paying a tidy sum for his signature unless they get a substantial amount for Fortounis. Carvalho didn’t set the place alight in his debut season in the East Midlands and eventually lost his starting place during the second-half of the campaign.
The Portuguese u21 international made 40 appearances in all competitions for Forest, scoring and creating 12 goals. In 2019, he was handed only five Championship starts by Martin O’Neill which may raise uncertainty over his long-term future, but his valuation might scare clubs off this summer.