Startling information in the summer transfer window has emerged linking Villarreal of Spain winger, Samuel Chukwueze with a shock move to join Super Eagles’ colleague, Alex Iwobi at Everton of England, megasportsarena.com reports.
Although previous reports had been about a likely move to Arsenal of England, who tried to sign him after he won gold with Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets at Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, the latest angle is pointing at their English Premier League rivals instead.
This means it might no longer be Bukayo Saka, Folarin Balogun and Arthur Okonkwo saying welcome to ‘Samu’ at Emirates Stadium, as his next port of call could jolly well be meeting Iwobi at Goodison Park.
This is based on a report British newspaper, The Athletic added that The Toffees are edging closer to a deal with 22-year-old Chukwueze, who has scored 17 goals and registered 17 assists in 119 appearances for The Yellow Submarine since making his debut in 2018.
Chukwueze, who was spotted playing for Diamond Football Academy of Umuahia by ex-international and former Golden Eaglets’ coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, featured on 40 occasions in all competitions last season, scoring five times and contributing eight assists in the process.
The report adds: “Everton are monitoring the attacker, who has previously been linked with both Manchester United and Liverpool.
“Toffees boss Rafael Benitez is a keen admirer of Chukwueze, with the player’s current deal with Villarreal due to expire in less than two years.
“Chukwueze is now seen as the next target which they will be looking to strike a deal with Villarreal this summer.
“The Nigerian largely operates as a right-sided attacker, but he has also played on the left and through the middle since stepping into The Yellow Submarine’s first team in April 2018.
“Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with Samuel Chukwueze, who is contracted to remain at Villarreal until 2023.
“The deal looks unlikely due to his current release clause which might make it impossible to happen unless they trigger the fee.
“The only way a deal could happen is Everton agreeing to met his release clause or wait for it to expire before making a move.”