The January transfer window is well underway, with clubs, managers and players all making moves, negotiations and deals. It has been a hectic period for agents and scouts, particularly in the Premier League where there have been some notable arrivals and departures.
However, for Nigerian players in Europe, it has been a relatively quiet transfer market. With the exception of Terem Moffi, who has been attracting interest from top European clubs including teams in the Liga, Bundesliga and Premier League, the transfer window has been relatively quiet for Nigerian stars.
Moffi, who plays for Ligue 1 side Lorient in France, has been in excellent form, scoring goals left and right. He recently scored his 11th goal of the season in Lorient’s 2-2 draw with Monaco, putting him level with Neymar and in third place among Ligue 1’s leading goal scorers. Clubs like Southampton, Beighton and Crystal Palace are all reportedly interested in signing the striker.
Another Nigerian international who has been generating interest is Victor Osimhen of Napoli. Manchester United have been long-time admirers of the forward, but have been hesitant to make a move due to Napoli’s 100 million euro asking price.
Other than Moffi and Osimhen, the transfer window has been relatively quiet for Nigerian players. This could be partly due to Nigeria’s absence from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which would have been a great opportunity to showcase Nigerian talent and potentially increase their market value.
Players from other countries who performed well at the World Cup, such as Enzo Fernandez of Argentina, Joao Felix of Portugal and Gakpo of the Netherlands, have all seen their market values increase.
It is still early in the transfer window and there is still time for Nigerian players to make moves, but for now, the activity has been relatively subdued.