There will be no less than five Nigerian stars plying their trade in the Italian top flight during the 2022-2023 league season
Serie A new boys US Cremonese have stepped up a gear in their bid to sign Super Eagles striker Cyriel Dessers from Belgian top side Racing Genk.
Cremonese have already sealed a loan deal with a buy option for Dessers’ compatriot and former Venezia forward David Okereke from Belgian champions Club Brugge.
But heading towards their first Serie campaign in decades, the Tigers are still unsatisfied with their attacking options.
Dessers is considered a priority signing, and negotiations between KRC Genk and Cremonese are drawing to a positive conclusion.
According to respected Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, Cremonese’s sporting director Simone Giacchetta traveled to Belgium on Monday to iron out the final details regarding a deal for Dessers.
Agreeing on personal terms with Dessers would not be a problem, with the Nigeria international keen on a ‘dream’ move to Serie A.
His arrival in the Italian top flight will make Dessers the third Nigerian to sign for a Serie A club during this transfer window.
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When Dessers completes his move to Italy, he will be the third Nigerian this summer to follow that pathway.
Earlier in July, Super Eagles full-back Tyronne Ebuehi completed a permanent move from Benfica to FC Empoli on a free transfer. The exciting defender is no stranger to Serie A, having spent last season on loan at Venezia.
2019 Super Eagles invitee David Okereke has also returned to the Italian first division after switching Club Brugge for Cremonese.
The trio will join Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Udinese’s Isaac Success to boost the Nigerian contingent in Serie A.
RB Leipzig Ademola Lookman can still add to that number should his proposed move to Atalanta scale through.