Four key members of Ghana’s U20 team team that played at the recent U20 World Cup have been caught in a transfer web as some Italian, Turkish and Spanish clubs have made targets of a swoop for their services.
Ebenezer Assifuah, Joseph Attamah, Moses Odjer and Clifford Aboagye, who flew high the Ghana flag at the just-ended FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey,
Assifuah, who won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer, has seen his stock rise over the past few days, as Italian side, Udinese lead an unassailable race for his services.
The youngster, who joined Liberty Professionals after stints with Proud United in Central Region and Sekondi Eleven Wise, has been on the books of the Italian side after the Africa Youth Championship where he hauled four goals in five matches.
According to inside sources, talks have commenced for the possible transfer of the 20-year-old striker after the World Youth Championship in Turkey.
However, the player with immense power in the penalty box, has since attracted interest from some English and Turkish clubs, but it appears that Udinese (who signed Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu after the Satellites 2009 U-20 World Cup triumph) have a firm grip on the youngster.
Attamah has attracted the attention of two Turkish clubs who have grown fond of his defensive duties, with his Tema Youth teammate, Odjer, also on the radar of Italian side, Chievo Verona. Nonetheless, there are also rival interests from some Portuguese, American clubs for the duo.
According to Tema Youth Chief Executive, Winfred Osei Parma, there have been rival interests in his players since the tournament in Turkey ended last Sunday.
He confirmed Odjer, whose delightful midfield play caught the attention of scouts in Turkey, was destined for greener pastures abroad.
“Odjer will certainly play outside Ghana when all this ends. He has options to choose from,” said Mr Parma, who disclosed there were disagreements with Chievo over the player.
Nimble-footed Aboagye, who won the Bronze Ball as the third best player of the tournament, is said to have also attracted interests from Udinese and Spanish giants, Barcelona.
But the Inter Allies player told Graphic Sports he was yet to be contacted by any club but prayed he got an opportunity to play in Europe.