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Top 8 Nigerian Transfers This Window

The Premier league transfer window has officially closed but the rest of Europe are still open for business. Several high profile deals have already been done and dusted, and more are still to come before the deadline of September 2.

Nigerian players have also been among the movers this summer, albeit with less buzz. Iwobi’s move from Arsenal to Everton has been the loudest so far, but what other Nigerian transfers have made the headlines? see list below.

John Obi Mikel

After being released by Middlesbrough at the end of the 18/19 season.In the summer of 2019,the former Super Eagles captain joined Trabzonspor on a two-year contract with the option of a further year.

Alex Iwobi

On 8 August 2019, Iwobi signed a five-year contract with Everton, leaving his boyhood club where he joined since 2004. According to BBC, Arsenal received a fee of an initial £28 million, rising to £34 million with potential add-ons.

Henry Onyekuru

Onyekuru spent the 18/19 at Galatasaray on loan, but having failed to ever secure a work permit in the UK, Onyekuru joined AS Monaco on a permanent transfer on 12 August 2019. The fee was undisclosed and Onyekuru signed a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 club.

Victor Osimhen

After several trials and loans, the Nigerian wonder kid signed for Ligue 1 side, Lille, in July 2019. On 11 August 2019, Osimhen made his French League debut for Lille, scoring a brace against Nantes.

Kenneth Omeruo

After impressing on loan at CD Leganés during the 18/19 season, the club agreed to pay Chelsea 4.5 million euros for the permanent signing of Omeruo. Omeruo joined Chelsea in 2012 but didn’t play a single game for the club throughout his seven year stay.

Ademola Lookman

Lookman joined Bundesliga club RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the 17/18 season from Everton. Having massively impressed, he returned to the club to sign a five-year deal on 25 July 2019.

Semi Ajayi

Having spent two impressive at years Rotherham United, Ajayi signed for West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee on 20 July 2019, agreeing a four-year contract with the club.

Ola Aina

Aina joined Italian club Torino on a season-long loan for the 18/19 season after signing a new three-year deal with Chelsea. After an impressive campaign, Torino triggered Aina’s option to permanently transfer from Chelsea for a reported fee of £9 million.

Samuel Chukwueze

After an incredible break-out season with Villarreal CF in La Liga and with Nigeria at the 2019 AFCON, Chukwueze signed with Jay-Z’s sports management label Roc Nations Sports. The brand already boasts the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bryune  and Jerome Boateng.

Written by Emeka Nweze

Content writer and contributor.

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