Greek side Olympiacos FC has signed Tigres UANL and Mexican national team member Alan Pulido, or so said team president Evangelos Marinakis to portal Real.gr. ESPN Deportes states that the portal released that Tigres and Olympiacos have signed the player and are in the final details of the negotiation that will take the midfielder to Athens.
“He has signed with Olympiacos and we are only waiting for some paperwork to process in Mexico to complete the transfer,” Marinakis said.
With those words the Greek squad’s president “opened a can of worms” with the player’s representative, Mauricio Garcia de la Vega who states he is not aware of a contract between his player and the 41-time Greek league champion.
“I am not aware of what is going on,” de la Vega told ESPN Deportes. “I’m not sure if the signature is real to confirm the relationship.”
As time gets closer to the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup, rumors have begun to emerge about possible transfers to powerful clubs around the world. Olympiacos is one of Greece’s most successful clubs and is often seen as a major jump for young players to reach the European leagues when rumors emerge.
Pulido is a 23 year-old player who began his career with Tigres UANL in 2010. Since his first appearance he has participated in 105 games and scored 23 goals. In January 2014 Pulido was called to the senior by Coach Miguel “Piojo” Herrera. Pulido took advantage of the opportunity and made his senior debut with a “hat trick” in the 4-0 victory against South Korea.
He received his third call up against the United States on Apr. 2, 2014. He came on to score the second goal for Mexico for the final 2-2 in Glendale, Ariz. Pulido won the 2012 Toulon Tournament with the team that eventually won the London 2012 Olympic gold medal.
If Pulido joins Olympiacos, he would be the second Mexican to play with the squad. Nery Castillo dressed the red and white stripes from 2000-2007.