Everton-owned winger Henry Onyekuru and Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze could break the Nigerian transfer record in the near future based on recent developments.
While Onyekuru is being linked with a 40 million euros switch to the likes of Bayern Munich, PSG and Napoli, Chukwueze has seen his release clause rise to 63 million euros amid interest from the Premier League.
Sports&study.org has compiled the top five most expensive transfers in history involving Nigerian players:
1) Kelechi Iheanacho, Manchester City to Leicester City: The Foxes purchased Iheanacho from the Citizens in August 2017 for a transfer fee in the region of £25 million, making him the most expensive Nigerian player in history.
2) Odion Ighalo, Watford to Changchun Yatai: Ighalo’s Nigerian transfer record stood for only six months before it was broken by Iheanacho. The Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers top scorer was recruited for £20 million.
3) Ahmed Musa, CSKA Moscow to Leicester City: Although Musa failed to make a difference in his stint at Leicester City, the former Premier League champions had to cough up 17 million pounds to secure his signature from the Muscovites in July 2016, a Nigerian transfer record before it was surpassed by Ighalo.
4) John Obi Mikel, Lyn Oslo to Chelsea: Super Eagles captain, Mikel had the honour of being Nigeria’s most expensive player for a decade after joining Chelsea from Lyn Oslo for a fee of £16 million.
5) Wilfred Ndidi, Racing Genk to Leicester City: Ndidi has made an impact since transferring to the Foxes for a fee of £15 million and that fee would rise if Genk trigger the performance related add-ons.