Of Just 24 hours before the end of the summer transfer window, European clubs have been busy strengthening their roster for the 2022/23 season.
According to footballtransfers.com, the 2022 summer transfer window was one of the largest in history, with Europe’s leading clubs trading billions of euros with some of the game’s leading players.
Despite the financial uncertainty facing many clubs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its long-term consequences, there is little evidence that spending at the highest level of the game is poised to become cut, with the English clubs leading the charge in attack.
Clubs like Barcelona, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and even the newly promoted Nottingham Forest have been busy during this transfer window.
While some of these clubs have strengthened their roster in pursuit of titles, some are vying to maintain their status and stay in the top leagues, while others aspire to compete just to rub the shoulders of the big boys.
Players like Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland, Sadio Mane, Gabriel Jesus and recently acquired United player Antony have all switched clubs in megabucks deals.
However, Nigerian players were not left out as Emmanuel Dennis and Taiwo Awoniyi both made club record transfers along with Forest, while Calvin Bassey also joined Ajax.
The 22-year-old signed a five-year contract with the Dutch club worth £18.7 million, but the fee could go up to £22.7 million with extras, making him Nigeria’s most expensive defender in history.
More Eagles players in the form of Jamilu Collins, Joe Aribo, Raphael Onyedika, Cyriel Dessers, Ademola Lookman, David Okereke and a host of others were involved in the transfers this summer.
With the 2022/23 season already underway, the future of some Eagles players remains uncertain as the summer transfer window draws to a close.
Many of these Nigerian players have made headlines in recent days as clubs aim to complete their cases before or on September 1.
PUNCH Sports Extra takes a look at some Eagles players who could be moving to another club on Thursday night before the end of the transfer window.
Victor Osimhen (Napoli)
Osimhen is in the midst of the latest transfer window that is nearing its end, with reports of a mega deal being discussed between Napoli and Manchester United regarding the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo and Osimhen.
The striker, who is in his third season with Napoli since joining the club from Lille in 2020 for a record €81 million contract, has been strongly linked with a departure from the Italian club.
The 23-year-old has sparked interest from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Bayern Munich this season, but the Red Devils remain the only club still interested at the moment, with Napoli putting out €120 million for the Nigerian.
While Osimhen has started the season in good form with two goals and one assist in three league appearances for Partenopei, his future with the Italian club remains in serious doubt until the end of the transfer window.
Sadiq Umar (Almeria)
Another Nigerian player who is also making headlines is Almeria striker Sadiq Umar.
The Nigerian international has become one of the key players at Rojiblancos over the past two seasons, playing a key role as Almeria promoted to the top division after eight years of questions as the Segunda Division champions.
The 25-year-old’s impressive performance has sparked interest from several clubs in Europe, with Villarreal, Getafe, Real Sociedad and Sevilla all interested in the attacker.
While Almeria manager Rubi is optimistic about holding on to his talisman, speculation that could take him away from the club has refused to hold up with the latest report that Sociedad is ready to deposit funds following Alexander Isak’s record sale to Newcastle .
Paul Onuachu (Genk)
Onuachu’s future has been shrouded in doubt since last summer’s transfer window.
Despite being the club’s top scorer for two seasons, Genk remained open to selling the player – just for the right offer – but it came as a big surprise that no concrete offer has been made for the lanky striker.
The Nigerian, who claimed Belgium’s best African player or player of African descent, the Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year and the top goalscorer awards for the 2020-21 season, has been linked with the move to Atletico Madrid in Spain, Ajax and recently with Club Brugge. .
The Super Eagles striker has expressed his desire to leave the Smurfs if the opportunity presents itself and while he has no shortage of suitors, the club’s €18million demand for the 28-year-old has been the stumbling block.
Last season, Onuachu made 35 First Division A games for Genk, scored 21 goals and provided two assists.
Moses Simon (Nantes)
Reports linking Simon to newly promoted English Premier League team Nottingham Forest have accelerated in recent days as the transfer window draws to a close.
It was also concluded that the winger had agreed to personal terms with the Reds with only the transfer fee being the issue between the clubs.
Simon’s situation is complicated, however, with Nantes unwilling to sell the Nigerian as he has become an integral part of the team since he came off La Liga outfit Levante in 2020 after a year on loan to the club in 2019.
The winger has scored 21 goals and provided 22 assists in 102 appearances for the Canary Islands.
Last season Simon helped Nantes win the Coupe de France and secure a ninth place in the French top.
However, an enticing fee from Forest, who has already made more than £150m during this transfer window, could prove too difficult to turn down.
The 27-year-old is also associated with other English teams including Brighton & Hove Albion and Leeds United.
William Troost-Ekong (Watford)
The Super Eagles captain could be ready for a return to Italy after showing up as a late addition to Bologna’s transfer list.
Troost-Ekong has lost his place at Watford since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations in February.
After an offer from Turkish Super Lig giant Fenerbahce turned down by the Hornets, the defender seems all but set to stay with the English club.
As has always been the case, the late drama that often accompanies the transfer window has resulted in the Nigerian being given a lifeline with a link to Bologna in Serie A.
Bologna have not kept a clean sheet in the league so far this season and are looking for an experienced defender to bolster their defence.
Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is keen to lure Troost-Ekong back to Italy, having played for Serie A club Udinese between 2018 and 2020 and made 66 appearances.
Zaidu Sanusi (Porto)
While Porto is not in the mood to sell Zaidu, a good offer could force the left-back to move to Brighton in the Premier League.
The Portuguese champions have remained adamant that the Eagles player was not for sale and have turned down offers from Everton, who sold Frenchman Lucas Digne to Aston Villa.
After fending off the Toffees’ interest, Porto is now trying to fend off another bidding war from another English club, Brighton.
The Seagulls sold Marc Cucurella to Chelsea for a record sale of £52.5million and have identified Zaidu as a replacement for the Spanish fullback.
The Lagos-born left-back, according to transfer marketis valued at €10 million, with the money to make a €20 million offer could be too difficult for the Portuguese club to turn down.
Josh Maja (Bordeaux)
After turning down a contract extension from French club Bordeaux a few days ago, Maja’s future remains unclear.
With his current deal set to expire in June 2023, Les Girondins could be forced to try and sell the player, despite having started the 2022/23 campaign as a key part of David Guion’s new strike force.
A departure, even a loan from sorts, sh