Exclusive – How Nigeria U17 Striker Wisdom Ubani Missed Out On €2.5m Deal To Monaco

Exclusive – How Nigeria U17 Striker Wisdom Ubani Missed Out On €2.5m Deal To Monaco

Details on how Nigeria U17 forward Wisdom Ubani lost out on a chance to join French Ligue 1 giants Monaco after the Africa U17 Cup of Nations has been revealed to Owngoalnigeria.com editorial team.

Details on how Nigeria U17 forward Wisdom Ubani lost out on a chance to join French Ligue 1 giants Monaco after the Africa U17 Cup of Nations has been revealed to Owngoalnigeria.com editorial team.

Ubani emerged as one of the stars of the Nigerian team at the U17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania where he scored two goals and also caught the eyes with his ability from set pieces particularly taking of freekicks.

Although the Nigeria U17 team finished fourth at the tournament, Ubani was tipped by many as one of the bright spot in the Nigerian team and as expected he had interest from top clubs around Europe.

Monaco were one of the team interested in his services and were willing to pay €2.5m to snap him up but just like the failed move to Anderlecht, the owners of his economic rights insisted on a transfer fee of at least €5m.

They also insisted that they will only listen to offers for the forward after the U17 World Youth Championship and unfortunately an injury picked up before the tournament meant he wasn’t quite at the level he was at the Africa U17 Cup of Nations.

He struggled to make any appreciable impact and even lost his spot in the team. His lack of fitness later caught up with him when he suffered a relapse of the injury he was recovering from and hence ruled out of the tournament.

The poor tournament he had made Monaco to dump his chase and switch to other players who performed better leaving Ubani with no real chance of moving to Europe anytime soon.

” Monaco used a very popular Nigerian agent to sound out the owners of Ubani but they were told in clear terms that their offer of €2.5m is insufficient that it will take a fee in the region of €5m to sign him. His nursery team were also not willing to do business until after the World Youth Championship “, a source close to the deal told Owngoalnigeria.com.

” Unfortunately he didn’t have the best of tournament. So Monaco passed on the chance to sign him and moved to other players. It’s really sad considering the fact that it will be hard for a team in the calibre of Monaco to come in for him at this time”.

first published by owngoalnigeria.com

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