Ademola Lookman: Saudi Club Join Race to Sign Nigerian Forward Linked With EPL Clubs

Ademola Lookman: Saudi Club Join Race to Sign Nigerian Forward Linked With EPL Clubs

Babajide Orevba
June 28, 2024 at 12:36 PM
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  • Ademola Lookman has continued to attract interest from top clubs as a Saudi Pro League side have contacted Atalanta
  • The Nigerian forward netted a hat-trick in the Europa League final, sparking interest from several top teams around the world
  • Saudi Pro League outfit, Al-Ittihad, have reportedly contacted Atalanta to make enquiries about signing the 26-year-old star

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Amid links with English Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool, Ademola Lookman is attracting interest from Saudi Arabia.

Pro League side, Al-Ittihad, have reportedly joined the race to sign the Nigerian international, who has been impressive for club and country in recent times.

Lookman started the 2023 calendar year on a sensational note, playing a pivotal role for Nigeria at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

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Nigerian ace, Ademola Lookman, is attracting interest from Saudi Pro League club, Al-Ittihad. Photo credit: Joe Prior.
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He scored both goals for the Super Eagles in their 2-0 win over Cameroon in the Round of 16 before scoring their only goal in a 1-0 win over Angola in the quarter-final.

At the club level, the 26-year-old registered 17 goals and 10 assists in 45 appearances across all competitions for Italian side, Atalanta, in the just-concluded season.

However, the world stood at its feet for the playmaker following his incredible performance in the Europa League final.

He netted a hat-trick, helping Atalanta to a comprehensive 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen, who had gone unbeaten throughout the entire season, Soccernet reports.

He remains the subject of the transfer rumours, with top clubs in England looking to sign him this summer.

It is believed that German Bundesliga side, Bayern Munich, are also considering a move for the impressive star.

However, fresh reports claim that Al-Ittihad have contacted Atalanta about the possibility of signing Lookman, but nothing concrete has been revealed yet.

The Nigerian star is currently valued at €40 million, but convincing Atalanta to let him leave would cost Al-Ittihad up to €60 million.

Liverpool on Lookman's trail

Sports Brief also previously reported that Liverpool are reportedly interested in Lookman, having impressed in his first season in Italy with 15 goals and eight assists.

The 26-year-old had frustrating spells at RB Leipzig, Fulham, and Leicester City before the Bundesliga club sold him to Atalanta in 2022, where he has since hit his stride.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.