From the legendary days of Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, and John Obi Mikel to contemporary stars like Victor Osimhen and Ademola Lookman, Nigerian footballers have consistently showcased their talent on the world stage. As the transfer window heats up, several Nigerian players are making headlines with potential moves and interest from clubs across the globe.

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Rangers Set Price Tag for Dessers

Glasgow Rangers are looking to recoup the £4.5 million they invested in Cyriel Dessers last summer. Following a successful season with 22 goals, Dessers has attracted interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia, Greece, Spain, and other parts of Europe. Greek giants PAOK are among the interested parties, but any suitor will have to match Rangers’ valuation.

Onyekuru Eyed by Gazişehir Gaziantep

Super Eagles winger Henry Onyekuru has emerged as a transfer target for Turkish Super Lig side Gazişehir Gaziantep. Currently playing for Al Fayha, Onyekuru scored 11 goals in 31 games last season. With a year left on his contract, Gaziantep’s interest signals a possible return to Turkey for Onyekuru, who previously played for Galatasaray and Adana Demirspor.

Sanusi Faces Competition at Porto

Zaidu Sanusi’s position at FC Porto is under threat as the club hunts for a new left-back. Sanusi, sidelined by a cruciate ligament injury since January, may face competition from Napoli’s Mario Rui or Juventus’ Alex Sandro. The potential addition of a new left-back comes as Porto prepares for the upcoming season and considers the future of Brazilian defender Wendell, who has drawn interest from Juventus.

Alhassan Ibrahim to Join Boavista

Alhassan Ibrahim, capped twice by the Super Eagles, is set to join Portuguese club Boavista after helping Beerschot gain promotion to the Belgian Pro League. Failing to reach a new agreement with Beerschot, Ibrahim will sign a three-year deal with Boavista, with an option for an additional year. He is expected to complete his medicals this week.

Osayi-Samuel Linked with Premier League Return

Bright Osayi-Samuel could make a return to the Premier League as Turkish giants Fenerbahce are reportedly willing to sell the former QPR fullback. Southampton, potentially losing Kyle Walker-Peters to West Ham, sees Osayi-Samuel as a suitable replacement. This move aligns with Jose Mourinho’s plans to overhaul his squad.

Ndidi Interested in Celtic Move

Former Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi is keen on reuniting with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic. Ndidi, currently a free agent, played his best football under Rodgers at Leicester and was once valued at £52 million. Although he has options to remain in the Premier League, reports suggest he is open to a move to Celtic Park.

Aston Villa’s Bid for Kayode Rejected

Aston Villa’s €20 million bid for Fiorentina’s Michael Kayode has been rejected. The young Italian right-back of Nigerian descent enjoyed a breakout season with Fiorentina, featuring in 37 games. Villa must now decide whether to increase their offer to secure the 19-year-old’s signature.

The ongoing transfer activities highlight the growing influence of Nigerian footballers in global markets. These players not only enhance their clubs with their skills but also elevate Nigeria’s reputation in international football. Each move is closely watched, as their performance can inspire the next generation of Nigerian talent, creating a positive feedback loop for the nation’s football ecosystem.