Club Brugge aims for a big bang deal with ‘man of 40 million’

Club Brugge aims for a big bang deal with ‘man of 40 million’
Club Brugge aims for a big bang deal with ‘man of 40 million’

Club Brugge will target the promising Nigerian attacker Philip Otele (24) from CFR Cluj next summer. With 19 decisive appearances in the Romanian Superliga, Otele has attracted the attention of European clubs, including Brighton & Hove Albion.

CFR Cluj has set an asking price of 6 million euros for the 24-year-old, while his value could be in the region of 30-40 million euros in the future.

Club Brugge makes a new start: Otele as a new spearhead?

Club Brugge is (again) facing a new start this summer, with searches for both a new head coach and a Technical Director in full swing. At the same time, several strong players will leave, causing the club to focus on reinforcements to refresh and strengthen the team.

One exciting talent who has caught the attention of Club Brugge is Philip Otele, a 24-year-old Nigerian sensation from CFR Cluj in Romania. Otele is known for his versatility as a left winger, but can also play effectively on the right and in the center of the field.

His virtuoso dribbling and goal-oriented playing style have put him in the crosshairs of Blue and Black, and with 19 decisive actions – 13 goals and 6 assists – he is currently the third most decisive player in the Romanian Superliga.

With the potential summer transfers of Andreas Skov Olsen and Antonio Nusa on the horizon, Otele has an attractive profile to replace either player.

Otele hot on the transfer market: “Everything to make it in the Premier League”

The interest in the talented Nigerian player is not limited to Club Brugge. For example, Cardiff City recently explored the possibilities of a transfer.

Patrick Deboys, Head of Recruitment at The Bluebirds, maintained contact with the player and his entourage during the previous winter mercato, but Philip Otele showed no interest in playing in the Championship.

In addition to Cardiff City, Bordeaux and Lorient have also shown interest, while Napoli and Brentford are also interested in the attacker. However, the biggest contender to get Otele’s signature seems to be Brighton & Hove Albion.

Adrian Mutu, the head coach of CFR Cluj, is not surprised that his star player is attracting the attention of so many European clubs. “The interest in Otele does not surprise me, why should it?” said the Romanian.

“Otele is a modern striker who has the potential to make it in the Premier League. He possesses impressive physical strength, speed and technical skills. Although he can still work on his finishing, the interest doesn’t surprise me at all. He has the qualities to play at Brighton without any problems.”

Philip Otele: a hidden gem in Europe

It is no coincidence that both Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford are showing interest in Philip Otele. Both Premier League clubs are known for their impressive data-driven transfer policies and have discovered Otele as one of Europe’s hidden gems.

At the age of 14, he trained with Arsenal, but was unable to stay in the United Kingdom at the time due to the lack of a work permit. He later returned to England to study at Teesside University, where he played semi-professional football with Wolviston.

His talent and perseverance then led him to Lithuania and eventually to Romania, where he made a name for himself.

Brighton has already drawn up a sophisticated career plan for Otele. This includes an intermediate step via Union SG, where he can first gain important experience in the Belgian competition.

The example of players like Moises Caicedo (Beerschot), Denis Undav (Union SG), Kaoru Mitoma (Union SG) and Simon Adingra (Union SG) illustrates how on-loan players from Brighton can make huge progress in the Jupiler Pro League.

CFR Cluj wants 6 million euros: “Could cost 30-40 million”

Philip Otele’s market value is estimated at around €3.5 million, while CFR Cluj owner Nelu Varga hopes to get much more from a transfer. “Otele’s price is 6 million euros,” Varga said ProSport.

“Of course everything can be negotiated, but this is the price for which we want to sell him to the Premier League, if negotiations with Brighton go ahead.

He is a physical player, a great technical player and I think he would be a very good future investment for Brighton, especially as high quality strikers cost from 30-40 million.

It is clear that his value will increase,” said Nelu Varga. With his playing style, Otele shows similarities with Jay-Jay Okocha and Rashidi Yekini, two of Nigeria’s greatest ever footballers.

The article is in Dutch

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