Real Sociedad, about to close the signing of Umar Sadiq

La Real is closing the signing of Umar Sadiq. The realistic club has finally made the decision to make a strong outlay to strengthen the lead after the sale of Isak for 70 million euros. Roberto Olabe Y Erik Bretos They moved early in the morning to Madrid to face different negotiations that were open, such as that of the Nigerian striker, who was one of the most coveted in the League. There had also been speculation about a possible open negotiation with Álvaro Odriozola, which today seems very complicated by having several very interested teams such as the Inter, Fiorentina or even one of the Premier and be an expensive option for Real that he could even wait until the contract ends in 2024 so that he arrives free.

Although from Almería they pointed out the possibility that the price was 30 million, it is a disproportionate amount to which in no case did La Real seem to approach. Everything seems to indicate that after many hours of meetings with the representatives of the Andalusian entity and an agency that acts as an intermediary, an agreement is going to be closed that will be around 20 million euros, plus some additional variables, as reported Marco Antonio Sandé on the Chain Cope. It is therefore going to become the most expensive signing in txuri-urdin history, exceeding the 17 million that was invested in Illarramendi’s return.

Sadiq is a 25-year-old forward, very corpulent since he is 191 centimeters tall, perhaps less coordinated than Isak, but apparently with more goals, something that he will have to demonstrate in the elite since with Almería he has only competed in Second. To date, he has been a football globetrotter who has passed through Spezia, Roma, Bologna, Torino, Breda, Rangers, Perugia and Partizan before arriving in the Andalusian capital after paying nine million euros . That is why the rojiblancos were very clear that they could not sell off his star, who was decisive in his promotion with 18 goals and twelve assists.

La Real had been following him very closely in recent months, as Roberto Olabe even traveled to Nigeria to see him in action in a maximum pressure match with his national team. He is a footballer with things similar to Isak, although it will be necessary to see how he fits into Imanol’s approach, since he is not a 9 that is characterized by his ability to pressure and he is quite individualistic and anarchic. One of those players who, when he receives the ball, always seems like something is going to happen, from a cover goal, to a trip more typical of Julio Salinas. In three games in the First Division he has scored two goals and on Saturday he went crazy behind a whole Sevilla…

The truth is that Real takes the man from the closing of the market. There was not much consensus in the sports management about the suitability of facing now, when all the clubs are waiting for him with the knowledge that they have just entered 70 million for the sale of their offensive reference and there were many options to buy above the price of appraisal, but finally it has been very ambitious and has spared no expense to shore up the squad with a promising and exciting reinforcement that closes a dream team. We must not forget that Imanol’s team is playing for its European future before the winter market and to be among the best in the League, for the fourth consecutive year. It seemed very risky to play it with Sorloth, who was Isak’s regular understudy last year, Carlos Fernandezwhich unfortunately is not reliable today, and Jon Karrikaburuwho knocks loudly on the door. The Navarrese’s environment is very clear that if another striker arrived, he should go out to play in the Second Division, since with three points in the first team his options of having minutes and being on horseback between the subsidiary and Imanol’s team are reduced. Racing, Mirandés and Burgos, among others, have requested his transfer for this course and they closely follow what happens in the txuri-urdin house, although they have always met with the blunt refusal of Olabe when they have insisted on their approach. We will have to see what happens in the last hours of the market with the new jewel of Zubieta.

La Real runs out of chips, in the hypothetical case that Turrientes Y Robert Navarro get back the numbers they were promised so another goalkeeper will not come nor will they force themselves with the demanding and expensive Odriozola route, since they would have to drop a player. Many have pointed to Andrew Guevarawhich did not end the year well and seems to have few opportunities today as it is ahead Zubimendi and Illarramendi. As he acknowledged to this newspaper in an interview in which he analyzed his situation with integrity and the utmost respect for his teammates, no one from the club has invited him to leave, something that has not happened in recent weeks either, despite the fact that chips are beginning to be missing for so many possible hires. Another very different issue is that an offer arrives that seduces you sportingly and rethinks it, something that has not yet happened: “If I saw that this year I cannot have options, we would think of an alternative because I am a footballer and what I want is to play ”. For now, his priority continues to be to regain Imanol’s complete trust.

With Sadiq there are five reinforcements that Real has incorporated in the summer with the highest investment in its history. Now the analysis of whether it has a better team than last year will begin to opt in favor of the new project, always on paper, so it will have to be proven. Anoeta is waiting for a new player who has many options to become one of his great idols… Surely he won’t leave anyone indifferent.


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