African Players Transfer News (2019/2020 Season)

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Bremen Eye Move For Nigerian Sensation

Starting with Osnabruck on the African Players Transfer News, VfL Osnabrück defender Felix Agu attracted the attention of Bundesliga club Werder Bremen, according to Kicker.

The 20-year-old Nigerian Born full-back available on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer with Werder taking a keen interest in the Germany U21 defender.

Agu has played in 13 2. Bundesliga games for VfL Osnabrück this season, assisting five goals.

The right-back was actually planned as a back-up for the last third division year, but quickly slipped into the team due to injuries to his opponents on the left.

Etebo Completes Move To Getafe But Faces Visa Delay

Getafe have completed the loan signing of Nigerian international Oghenekaro Etebo from Stoke City. Reports however claim he is facing  a delay in his acquisition of an entry visa from Spain’s embassy in London for him to complete the deal that will enable him play on loan at Getafe until the end of this season.

The Spanish side are holding up an option to turn it into a full transfer. It marks another tentative steps towards the realization of Etebo’s new deal, as Getafe had earlier hinted that the agreement will not be made official until the Super Eagles’ star passes a medical on arrival at their base, where he is expected spend the remainder of the campaign.

Etebo joined Stoke from Feirense in the summer of 2018 for a fee of £6.3million and has played in 51 matches, scoring twice.

The Warri born midfielder who was a revelation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where experts believed he would have got a better club deal elsewhere, had he not signed for Stoke before joining the Eagles’ camp, has not starred for the English Championship side since October 22, when he played for only 21 minutes against Sheffield Wednesday.

He aims to make the best of his return to La Liga, having previously also spent time on loan from Feirense at Las Palmas during the second half of the 2017/18 season, before making the move to Stoke, where he ended up playing 51 matches and scored two goals.

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Onyekuru Completes Switch To Turkey

Monaco’s exciting young Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru is to spend the rest of the season on loan at Galatasaray, the Ligue 1 club announced

It will be the 22-year-old’s second loan spell in Turkey as he shone for Galatasaray last season when he was still at English club Everton.

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He scored 14 goals in 35 appearances for Galatasaray who went on to win the Turkish championship.

Monaco, who signed the Nigerian for 17 million euros during the summer, have not included an ‘option to buy’ clause in the loan, suggesting that Onyekuru remains a part of their long-term strategy.

Since his arrival in the principality, Onyekuru, who joined Monaco on a five-year deal, figured in just four matches under Leonardo Jardim who was sacked just after Christmas and replaced by ex-Spain boss Roberto Moreno.

Conte Hoping To Reunite With Victor Moses Soon

Still on the African Players Transfer News, Inter Milan reportedly interested in signing Chelsea’s Victor Moses during the January transfer window.

The 29-year-old has spent the first half of the 2019-20 campaign on loan with Fenerbahce, where he has managed one goal and one assist in seven appearances for the club. Moses has not turned out for the Turkish side since the end of November due to injury, though, and it has been suggested that the Nigeria international will head back to his parent club this month.

However, according to Goal.com, the attacker could again be on the move as Inter are keen to complete an £8.5m deal before the winter transfer window closes for business. Moses is not believed to be in the plans of Blues boss Frank Lampard moving forward but impressed under now-Inter manager Antonio Conte when the pair were together at Stamford Bridge.

Meet Mbwana Samatta – Aston Villa’s New Boy & First Tanzanian In The PL

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Genk striker and Tanzania international Mbwana Samatta

Mbwana Ally Samatta – now of Aston Villa – will be the first Tanzanian player to play in the Premier League. Samatta completed an £8.5 million move to Aston Villa from Genk – a move that is not only a big deal for Villa – a team without a striker – but a massive one for the people of Tanzania.

The Premier League strugglers confirmed that the 27-year-old has moved to Villa Park on a four-and-a-half-year deal. Samatta, who moved to Belgium from Congolese giants Tout Puissant Mazembe in 2016, has seven goals in 20 Jupiler League outings so far this term.

Samatta has 51 caps with 18 goals for Tanzania and 76 goals in 191 matches for Genk since joining four years ago.

His 23 goals last season helped Genk claim the Belgian league title. He has struck three times in the UEFA Champions League this season, including at Liverpool.

Atletico Madrid Considering Involving Partey And Oxlade Chamberlain

New reports emerging reveal that Arsenal’s hopes of signing Thomas Partey have suffered a blow, with Atletico Madrid reportedly wanting to swap the midfielder for Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Partey has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks but Atletico are uncertain whether the Gunners would be able to afford his buy-out clause, which stands at £45million.

As reported by The Sun, Atletico are eager to bring in Oxlade-Chamberlain from Liverpool in a straight swap for Partey.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has made 34 appearances for Liverpool across all competitions this season as he has bounced back from the injury problems that hindered him in previous campaigns. Liverpool are unlikely to sanction the departure of Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose current contract at Anfield is set to run until the summer of 2023.

The England international’s ability to play out wide or as a central midfielder makes him a useful part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Onazi Announces Exit From Trabzonspor; Joins Denizlispor

Onazi

Denizlispor confirmed the signing of Nigeria international Eddy Onazi from Turkish Super Lig rivals Trabzonspor.

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations-winning midfielder has put pen to paper on a one-and-a-half-year contract with Denizlispor, with the club having an option for another year. 

Onazi made the announcement moments ago

Denizlispor were promoted to the Turkish top-flight at the end of the 2018-2019 campaign by virtue of winning the TFF First League last season.

The midfielder had taken to Instagram to make the announcement of his exit  from Trabzonspor earlier on which made him part of our list in the African Players Transfer News

It was reported by the Turkish media that the Ex-Eagles vice captain was sacked by Trabzonspor after he returned from a long-term injury layoff a few weeks ago. The 27 year old struggled  to reclaim a starting shirt in the side which also has Nigerian duo – Mikel Obi andAnthony Nwakaeme. 

His new club – Denizlispor are currently 11th on the log and will be hoping his arrival will push them higher up the table

Shanghai Offers Ighalo Whopping N190m/Week Offer To Stay

Ighalo

Manchester United loanee Odion Ighalo was offered a deal worth over N190m ( £400,000) to extend his contract with Chinese Super League (CSL) club Shanghai Shenhua.

Ighalo temporarily left Shenhua in January 2020 to join Manchester United on loan until May 31 although it is likely to be extended until June 20 because of the coronavirus crisis. The 30-year-old striker has been impressive for Manchester United with four goals in three starts and eight games since he joined.

Odion Ighalo joined Shenhua in February 2019 and his current contract expires in December 2022. Playing for one of the biggest clubs in world football seems to have added to Ighalo’s worth and Shenhua want to keep him and reward him with a two-year contract extension.

Also Read: From Ajegunle To His Orphanage To Turning Down Barca – All You Need To Know About Odion Ighalo

According to Sky Sports, the Chinese side are willing to pay the Nigerian over N190m per week before tax if he agrees to extend his stay with the club. This offer is another option for Ighalo who according to a report is also likely to receive an offer from Manchester United for a permanent deal.

Although United’s deal is expected to be way lesser, the draw of continuing to play for his boyhood club might be too much for Ighalo to ignore. Ighalo’s current contract expires with Shenhua expires in December 2022 and the club wants to keep him until December 2024. The ex-Super Eagles striker joined Shenhua in February 2019 from another Chinese side Changchun Yatai.

Brazilian Club Botafogo Keep Tabs On Mikel Obi

Mikel Obi

Botafogo are banking on experience from Europe in front of the start of the Brazilian Série A, which has been postponed until further notice for now.

After things did not work out with Yaya Touré, John Obi Mikel – who recently became a free agent – emerged as a prime target for the spot in central midfield now, as Brazilian media reports.

“Yes there has been interest and yes there has been negotiations. But I don’t know yet. I am still thinking about it. Not sure yet,” the Nigerian is quoted.

ESPN and Yahoo reporter Jorge Nicola broke news about talks between Mikel and Botafogo first. Globo Esporte confirmed them shortly after. Both parties are understood to be close to an agreement in general – the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic in South America is currently preventing a deal, however.

Mikel is on the market for free since mid-March.  The 32 year old played for Trabzonspor most recently. After Turkish football was reluctant to postpone matches for a long time, Mikel voiced public criticism. The club from the Black Sea coast terminated the contract with the Nigerian midfielder as a result.

Liverpool Eyeing Move For Arsenal Sensation Bukayo Saka

Arsenal Sensation Bukayo Saka

Liverpool could be making a move for Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka this summer but the Gunners are planning to rebuff all interest this summer if he rejects a new deal. This is according to Football Insider.

The Premier League leaders have been alerted by the performances of the versatile left-sided ace, 18, following his almost instant impact for the Gunners first team. An Arsenal source has told Football Insider that the club are working on tying Saka to a new five-year deal to replace his current agreement, which expires next year.

Talks have been on hold during the lockdown after an initial offer was made to the Nigerian born teen earlier this year. Arsenal intend to hold Saka to his contract even if discussions continue beyond this summer and into the final year of his contract, as now seems likely.

Liverpool Move For Bukayo Saka and recruitment team have been hugely impressed by the youngster’s development this season. He fits their favoured recruitment model of an upwardly mobile talent who has already thrived at senior level and has best years way ahead of him.

Saka has emerged from the Gunners youth ranks to establish himself in the first team and delivered a series of eye-catching displays. Able to play left midfield or on the left side of the defence, he started nine of Arsenal’s 11 Premier League matches before the season was suspended after leapfrogging Saed Kolasinac and the injured Kieran Tierney.

Saka, who has just 13 months left on his contract, has made 12 league starts among 29 appearances in all competitions this season and has 3 goals and 9 assists.

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