Newly-promoted Laliga side Almeria are set to lose star striker Sadiq Umar this summer.
The lanky forward has been brilliant for Almeria since he joined the club from Partizan two years ago, registering 38 goals and 19 assists in 74 appearances for the Rojiblancos. He also played a key role in their promotion to the Spanish Premier division last season.
Last week, reports emerged in the media that the Super Eagles forward could be heading to German giants Borussia Dortmund for a deal worth €30 million but the rumours were debunked by transfer ace Fabrizio Romano.
The Italian journalist said Sadiq is open to leaving the club but has not been identified as BVB man, who have now signed 34-year-old Anthony Modeste in his place.
Sadiq set to leave Almeria
Meanwhile, club CEO Mohamed El Assy has now confirmed that Sadiq is leaving but for a fee lesser than €30 million.
“Umar Sadiq has not traveled to England to avoid any type of injury that could stop the transfer that is close at the moment. He will be sold for just under 30 million euros. We have more than 12-13 players who have received offers, they are players who have a name in the market and are expected to have a great future”, El Assy via Mundo Deportivo.
Rojiblancos are already preparing for life without their star hitman, and according to Futbol Total, they could make a move for out of favour Real Madrid striker Diaz.
Nigerian midfielder identified as primary transfer target for AC Milan
Midfielder Raphael Onyedika, who was one of the best players in the Danish League last season and won the league’s Young Player of the Year Award, has been identified by Serie A champions AC Milan.
According to Pietro Mazzara of the Milan News, Onyedika is Paolo Maldini’s choice as a midfield target with the 21-year-old midfield enforcer seen as a key necessity to the squad.
The Milan News reported that; “The discussion linked to the purchase of the midfielder is taking place, regardless of what the results of Sandro Tonali’s exams will be.
“Raphael Onyedika is currently the primary objective to strengthen the midfield department. The player born in 2001 of Midtllyand is at the top of the list of Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara. The other options that have emerged in recent days are colder to date,”
Onyedika was excellent at Midtjylland last term and played a key role as they secured an European ticket for this season.
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