According to fresh reports, Sadiq Umar could be on his way to Villareal instead of the rumored move to Borussia Dortmund.
On Wednesday, Spanish publication, FútbolFantasy, revealed that the German side had identified the Nigeria international as a replacement for Sebastien Haller, who will be out for sometime with illness, and had submitted an offer of €25m for the striker.
The report added that the player had already left his house at El Toyo and didn’t renew his rent, and it’s believed to be in preparation for a move to Germany.
Meanwhile, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has now reacted to the rumour, saying there has been no formal bid by the German side for the lanky forward yet.
“There’s no €25m bid for Umar Sadiq from Borussia Dortmund, despite last rumours. Villarreal are the favourites in the race to sign Sadiq as a priority,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Negotiations will continue but BVB have not opened official talks, as of now.”
In addition, the Italian journalist mentioned that Spanish club Villarreal are the favourites to sign the Almeria man.
LaLiga’s Villarreal, Real Sociedad and Valencia have all been llinked with the former AS Roma forward during this summer transfer window.
The Nigerian emerged as the Most Valuable Player in the Spanish Segunda Division last season, following his impressive campaign.
Sadiq could make his LaLiga debut when Almeria host champions Real Madrid in their first league match of the 2022/23 season on August 14.
Sadiq deserves to move
The Super Eagles forward has been dominating the second division of Spain for consecutive seasons and was able to lead his side’s return to the Spanish La Liga last season.
During these past seasons, the former Roma man scored 38 goals in 74 LaLiga 2 appearances, also registering 19 assists. Ordinarily, he should have at least moved to a much more stable side in the league or outside the shores of Spain but it none of that has happened yet.
However, Sadiq, who is valued at €18m, could still move before the end of the window or stay put to help his side stay up in the topflight this season.
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