The news of Paul Onuachu’s return to KRC Genk after less than six months in England has apparently flooded the Belgian transfer market.
High hopes accompanied Onuachu’s 18-million-euro move to join Premier League’s Southampton, but a series of unfortunate events, including the Saint’s relegation to the Championship, have left the door ajar for the striker’s departure.
Genk, as a replacement for the Super Eagles attacker, secure the signature of Tolu Arokodare, but his struggles to meet expectations have triggered discussions, inevitably turning the spotlight onto the return Onuachu.
Meanwhile, many media outlets, both local and the foreign news sites, have revealed that the Nigerian’s move back to Belgium might not be realistic as Racing might not be able to meet the demands of the Championship club.
Manager Wouter Vrancken, however, addressing the media, hinted at a possible rekindling of ties with the Nigerian striker, sparking intrigue over his return.
“It’s not like I go to Dimitri de Condé every day. He and his team are doing a very good job, and everyone knows we want another striker,” Vrancken said during a press conference.
Maintaining contact has been a cornerstone of Vrancken’s approach, a sentiment he shares regarding his interaction with Onuachu.
“How many text messages do I send to Paul Onuachu? Enough already,” Vrancken chuckled.
These conversations, however, reflect their lasting friendship rather than merely transfer negotiations. Vrancken maintained his stance on Onuachu’s return but would rather watch as things unfold.
“Now that that’s going on, I don’t do it anymore. I leave it to other people. Should he return: so much the better. If not, we’ll get back in touch,” Vrancken disclosed.
The team’s upcoming challenge against Olympiacos in the Europa League looms large, followed by a formidable fixture against Genk this season will fire their hunt for a new striker and Onauchu tops the priority list.