Brighton, Bayer Leverkusen jostle for Super Eagles’ Umar Sadiq

Brighton and Bayer Leverkusen have joined the race to sign former Nigeria U-23 striker Umar Sadiq.

Sadiq is a man in demand after scoring 22 goals and registering seven assists in all competitions for Almeria last season.

The 24-year-old joined Almeria from Partizan Belgrade in October and had already scored six goals for Partizan before joining the Spanish side for €5m.

But with Almeria failing to secure promotion into La Liga, Sadiq is expected to leave this summer just as Sevilla is leading the race for his services while Getafe have had a €16m bid rejected. 

However, according to lacolinadenervion, Bayer Leverkusen and Brighton have now joined the race to sign the former Rangers star. But they will have to pay between €20m-25m (₦12.2b) for his services, as per sportwitness.

Although Sadiq reportedly has a release clause of €60m, Almeria are ready to let him go for less than half of the release clause.

Brighton’s interest in the former Rangers star is not surprising, given the Seagulls outscored just five teams in the Premier League last season, including the bottom four clubs.

But they still need to compete with Sevilla, who are the favourite to acquire the 24-year-old’s services.

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