Cash and Carry: Nigerian footballers transferred or about to move this past week.
This column is a quick summary of the big transfer moves and links involving Nigerian footballers from around the world. The most coveted Nigerian talents and their suitors get under the spotlight here.
Ola Aina agrees loan move to Fulham
The former Chelsea loanee might be making a return to England as processes have already moved beyond negotiations. Torino have tabled their demands, Fulham decided the askings are just as right for the bundle of talents they are stamped on. And of course, Aina, himself, is giddy about the personal terms of loan move with option of permanent move worth £12 million if he doesn’t fail to impress at Craven Cottage.
The city of London might be welcoming one of her estranged football products just a season after he moved to Italy permanently after stints of loan spells under the parentage of Chelsea.
Samuel Kalu makes two Bosporus giants wrestle
The two most successful and powerful clubs in Turkey, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, are making their interest in the Nigerian winger known. However, Fenerbahce seem to be the better in this contest as they’ve grounded out personal term with the 22-year-old, and all that remain is an agreement with Girondis Bordeaux. The loan move, if successful, will see Fener carry the entire burden of Kalu’s wages.
The quick-footed youngster has been drawing stares and applause from across Europe since he was signed to replace Malcolm from Gent.
Awaziem join Boavista on loan
The 5th club of his 4 year-old professional career. Porto, Nantes, Çaykur Rizespor, Leganes, and now Boavista. All on loan since he came through the youth system at Porto in 2016. His last spell at Butarque wasn’t going too badly until the club slipped into relegation on the final day of the season.
Boavista provides him another opportunity on another turf to convince the gold brass at Porto he’s good enough for the team or impress a suitor to pry him off the loan book.
Porto signs Zaidu Sanusi
Nigerian left-back Zaidu Sanusi has been snapped up by Porto from Santa Clara FC. The 23-year-old signed a 5-year deal that will see him play for the Portuguese champion till 2025.
“I am extremely happy to play for FC Porto. I can’t explain it, but I am thrilled to wear this shirt,” he told the club website.
“I hope to do a good job and help the team. We are going to win everything this season.
“The club and the fans can expect me to give everything. I received a lot of messages from FC Porto fans, and that made me happy.”
Sanusi has been tipped by many as the first choice left back in the plans of Gernot Rhor, and this move definitely put him on a pedestal where his performances can’t be obscure any longer.
Those are the Nigerian footballers shaking the transfer market at the moment. Join us next week for more.
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Shehu Idris Tẹjumọla is a football fanatic, a voracious reader of football contents and an Indefatigable football writing junkie. Author of future Man Booker-winning, best-selling books.