There is a sizeable contingent of Nigerian stars presently in the Portuguese top-flight, and one could be added to that playing force on transfer deadline day
Portuguese Premier League club Portimonense have reached an agreement with Liga Portugal 2 side Clube Desportivo Feirense for the signing of Nigerian winger Abraham Ayomide Marcus on loan for the rest of the season.
Marcus caught the eyes of many watchers of the Portuguese leagues last season after a string of excellent performances for CD Feirense in the second-tier of the country’s football.
One of Portugal’s major news outlet A Bola has confirmed that Portimonense have won the race for the 21-year-old’s signature.
And as per Sic Noticias, Portimonense will take Marcus initially on loan while retaining the option of permanently signing the Lagos-born winger for €500,000 on a five-year contract.
The deal could be announced in the coming hours as clubs race to complete their transactions before the transfer window slams shut at midnight of September 1.
Feirense, owned by Nigerian football enthusiast Kunle Soname – the chairman of Bet9ja – took a gamble on Marcus when they brought the then-teenager to Portugal from Nigeria in 2018.
The versatile attacker had shown promise in the youth leagues before breaking into the first-team picture last term, scoring 11 Liga 2 goals and providing two assists in 26 games for the Blues from the Feira.
His impressive displays earned him a callup to the Super Eagles squad in June, where he featured as second-half substitutes in Nigeria’s back-to-back friendlies against Cameroon.