Nelson Oliveira is attracting the attention of Greek giants, AEK Athens, according to Greek media outlet Iapopsi.
The 27-year-old Portuguese international hasn’t played for the Norwich City first team for over a year now and he spent the second half of last season on-loan with Reading FC.
He is thought to be earning £20k+ per week and he has probably benefited from City’s promotion to the Premier League with an automatic wage increase.
This report suggests that AEK have made contact with Norwich and Nelson’s representatives in the last few days, and an offer of over €1m a year has been presented.
Nelson has one year left on his contract with City and although I’m sure the Canaries would prefer to sell him while he still has some value, even loaning him to AEK, assuming no other club comes forward and that they covered all his wages, mightn’t be the worst outcome.
AEK are managed by Portuguese countryman, Miguel Cardoso who knows Nelson from their Benfica days, so there is an easy link to make there.
Having spent the second half of last season on-loan with Reading, there was talk that the Royals would like to sign Oliveira permanently although that is now looking unlikely.
Reading would need to sell in order to buy but have been placed under a soft transfer embargo this summer by the EFL due to large expenditure on transfer fees, contracts and salaries over the past three years The Royals are pretty close to breaching Profit and Sustainability guidelines set out by the League.
The embargo has meant that Jose Gomes’ side have been unable to make any signings this summer and when I asked Get Reading journalist, Jonathan Low, what the chances of Nelson moving to Berkshire were, this was his response.
Very slim chance at the moment
— Jonathan Low (@jonathanl50) July 2, 2019
Looks like Greece might be our best bet to move Nelson on then.