Premier League clubs set to contend with Barcelona in race for Super Eagles star

Media reports suggest that Premier League clubs Everton, Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Crystal Palace are keeping a close watch on Club Brugge midfielder Raphael Onyedika.

Onyedika was a member of the Super Eagles team that won silver at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, which took place in Ivory Coast.

At the age of 22, Onyedika was the youngest member of Jose Peseiro's squad. However, he had limited opportunities to showcase his talent during AFCON 2024, making only a brief appearance as a substitute in Nigeria's 1-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau in the group stage.

Premier League sides battle for Super Eagles midfielder Raphael Onyedika
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Onyedika joined the Belgian outfit in 2022 and has since established himself as a key player in the team, with his impressive performances catching the attention of clubs across Europe.

Raphael Onyedika confirms Paul Pogba as his idol

The Nigerian midfielder shared insights into his playing style and inspirations during an interview with Voetbal Nieuws.

Expressing his strengths and aspirations, Onyedika revealed his admiration for former Manchester United star Paul Pogba, emphasising his focus on self-improvement.

“I like to win duels and I am also good with the ball at my feet,” Onyedika stated.

“Personally, I look up to Paul Pogba. A lot of people say we look alike, but I just want to be the best version of myself.”

Barcelona keen on Super Eagles midfielder

Onyedika, whose rising stature has captured the attention of top clubs across Europe, is anticipated to be a key target for Barcelona as they seek to strengthen their ranks.

Reports from Spain suggest that FC Barcelona are among the leading contenders vying for the signature of the midfielder.

Local sources indicate that the Catalan outfit are vigorously pursuing the acquisition of the Super Eagles midfielder for their team.

Premier League sides battle for Raphael Onyedika Super Eagles
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With 49 appearances for Club Brugge this season, Onyedika's growing list of potential suitors indicates that his departure from the club is becoming increasingly inevitable.

How much is Raphael Onyedika worth?

Clubs vying for the services of Nigerian talent Onyedika should brace themselves for a hefty price tag, as reports indicate that the player's value is set to exceed £13 million.

Onyedika's burgeoning potential has attracted interest from a multitude of clubs across Europe, prompting a competitive bidding war for his signature.

While Barcelona have emerged as one of the frontrunners in the pursuit of Onyedika, other clubs keen on securing his talents are also expected to meet or surpass the substantial asking price.

With negotiations intensifying among various suitors, the consensus is clear: any club aiming to secure Onyedika's services must be prepared to invest significantly.

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