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Backe in pursuit of former Villa man Olof Mellberg?

Posted on 24 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Any Greek speakers in the house? Greek website sportdog.gr appears to be reporting that the New York Red Bulls are seeking to sign Olympiacos centerback Olof Mellberg. “Appears to be” because the Google translation leaves a lot to be desired. Here is the link to the original article, in case a Greek speaker is willing to help us out.

But from what can be gathered, it looks as though Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe made a “motion” to his fellow Swede to play at Red Bull Arena after the end of the Greek Superleague season. Mellberg joined Olympiacos after one season in Juventus and it appears money is an issue, though: “Moreover, the Swedish International respects the money provided last year their ‘Olympiacos’ to gain from the Juventus, but more the mood was shown to have the Port,” says the Google translation. There do not appear to be any other online press reports of the potential move, but according to a Sky Sports article from January, Mellberg has a contract until 2014, at which point he was likely to retire.

The 32-year old, who can also play right back, appears tailor-made for the physical style of Major League Soccer. He was recently named one of the three hardest Aston Villa players of all time by sport.co.uk. Aston Villa, of course being the same team that employed Juan Pablo Angel for six years during the same spell. Mellberg also has 100 caps with the Swedish national team.

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