As expected, it remained calm in Bruges, where Antonio Nusa’s file also remained unchanged. Pending a decision from Brentford FC, the Norwegian must mentally recover.
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As expected, no incoming or outgoing traffic at Club Brugge on Deadline Day, which meant that the entire mercato had no intention of strengthening itself. An opportunity also failed to materialize, as did a breakthrough in Antonio Nusa’s file. His situation was not affected by last night’s deadline and remained unchanged on Thursday evening.
The agreement in principle between the English Brentford FC and Club Brugge still applies. There is an agreement at all levels – the London club and blue-black agreed on a sum of 37 million euros including bonuses. However, as the days go by, it seems increasingly unlikely that Brentford will sign the Norwegian for that amount with a view to next summer.
The Premier League club is still considering the results of Nusa’s medical examination, who was diagnosed with a knee problem. No floating cartilage, as became clear on Thursday, but a growth lesion around the cartilage of the knee. Brentford is also concerned about the Norwegian’s lower back, with which Nusa has been struggling in recent months. The pause button was pressed in the file, although it is likely that both Brentford and Club Brugge want clarity about Nusa in the foreseeable future. But that was not necessary before the winter mercato deadline had expired.
The question is how Nusa deals with the fuss surrounding his person. Barely 18 years old and at the last moment deprived of his dream transfer to the Premier League (for the time being). Last Tuesday he stayed aside against KV Kortrijk, waiting to see whether that is also the case against Antwerp on Sunday. “It was all a bit much for Nusa, so we decided to leave him at home,” said Ronny Deila on Tuesday evening. He immediately added that he was again counting on his winger for the match at the Bosuil.
It is likely that Nusa has already had better weeks in his young career. And that mental patching up will be necessary before he takes action again. On the other hand, there is a good head on the 18-year-old attacker, who already went to Belgium alone at the age of 16 and is reportedly sufficiently mentally resilient and mature.
In any case, Nusa, who was actually tested, has received a blow – despite the fact that the doctors of Club Brugge and the Norwegian Football Association are not very concerned. It is even more important for him to manifest himself sportingly in the coming months. So far that has not worked. Partly due to his back injury and Deila’s selection policy, Nusa only collected 11 starting places. He has scored just four times this season. Figures that must increase steadily from now on, especially if the deal with Brentford were to fall through definitively.
It will once again reignite the discussion about Philip Zinckernagel and Nusa. Deila’s confidant, who finds the Dane much more complete and conscientious than Nusa, versus the young talent who will soon be showcased. Club, in turn, still hopes that it can complete the lucrative deal now. If that doesn’t work, that’s a downer, but no drama. Blauw-zwart is convinced that Nusa can prove in the coming months that the medical test was a snapshot and that he will at least retain his transfer value. Moreover, Club is far from in need of money after recording a record turnover of 176 million euros in the past financial year and having already sold more than 50 million euros worth of players this season.
No incoming transfers
On the incoming front, as announced, it remains calm at Club. Blauw-zwart believes the current core of players is sufficiently armed to be competitive on three fronts, which is why chairman Bart Verhaeghe decided to keep his finger on the money. A lucrative sale of Nusa had not changed that either. Club thought for a long time about recruiting a defender, but in the end, Blauw-zwart got its act together at the back. Only against Kortrijk did blue and black score another three goals, compared to only four in fourteen games. Club has four substitutes available: Odoi, Boyata, Sabbe and Ordonez. Due to the development of Igor Thiago, the search for a new, immediately deployable striker was stopped much earlier.
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