Mohammed Salisu has been at the heart of a battle between two clubs and last but not least, a preference has been made.
The 21-12 months-aged was established to go to Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais until Premier League outfit Southampton came in and gave him an supply he could not refuse.
He earned the most significant move of his youthful profession on Wednesday immediately after Southampton splashed the cash on him.
It is no surprise that Black Stars head mentor, Charles Kwablan Akonnor, has experimented with on numerous situations to get Salisu to signify Ghana.
He broke by Valladolid’s youth ranks to play a starring job in the Spanish outfit’s 2019/20 marketing campaign and attained the tag as just one of the biggest breakthrough tales in La Liga. He gathered 31 league appearances this season, an amazing feat for the younger defender.
Southampton coughed up €12 million for his providers, his launch clause and a cost considered massive for a Ghanaian defender.
Wherever does the outlay rank between the most important Ghanaian transfers to European clubs considering the fact that 2001?
The prime ten most high-priced centre-backs in Europe
Salisu’s transfer means that he is now the most costly Ghanaian central defender in Europe. The 21-year-old’s big go to England places him in advance of every single centre-back in Ghana.
He overtook the famous, John Mensah, who was top of the listing soon after he done a move to French outfit Lyon in 2008. The 37-calendar year-previous also produced a swap to an additional French aspect in Stade Rennais in 2006, earning a different spot between the unique list.
He has commanded a transfer rate of €9.6 million from all those two moves merged. The former Sunderland man last signed for Swedish facet AFC United in 2016 exactly where he made no appearances.
One particular of Mensah’s companions in the Black Stars, Shilla Illiasu also sealed his position on the listing after completing a shift to Russian facet Saturn in 2006. He sealed his major transfer after producing his identify at Ghana Premier League powerhouses Asante Kotoko.
The 37-year-previous previous performed for a defunct Armenian soccer club named Impuls FC in 2013.
Mensah’s ideal lover in criminal offense, Isaac Vorsah, also appeared on the record on two events. His initial big transfer happened in 2008. The 32-year-aged produced a transfer to Hoffenheim and 4 yrs later, determined to check his may in the Austrian top rated flight with RB Salzburg.
His two transfers totalled €3 million. He very last performed for Saudi Arabian club Ohod in 2018. In the current crop of Black Stars centre-backs, a person of them commanded a better payment from Hoffenheim.
Kasim Adams, a current Hoffenheim player, acquired his transfer to the German aspect in 2018 after an spectacular marketing campaign with Swiss club Younger Boys.
The 25-12 months-outdated was sent to Fortuna Dussledorf on loan for the 2019/20 season. Adams’ lover for the Black Stars, designed the lineup as perfectly.
Joseph Aidoo also earns a place amid the record on two occasions. The 24-year-outdated manufactured a move to Belgian side KRC Genk in 2017. Two several years later on, La Liga arrived contacting in the kind of Celta Vigo and the remarkably rated defender answered.
In the three 12 months span, Aidoo commanded a full of €9.25 million. He is now a crucial section of the Spanish outfit.
Nicholas Opoku, a star for Italian facet Udinese, earns his location on the checklist. The 22-calendar year-outdated worked his way up from Kumasi Corner Toddlers to Berekum Chelsea. Just after an impressive string of performances, Club Africain created the go to sign him in 2017.
A range of golf equipment in Europe spotted his talent and tried to sign him just after just a single yr in Club Africain but Udinese won the race. He highlighted for Amiens on mortgage in 2020.
Previous Hearts of Lions star, Jerry Akaminko, earned a spot in the checklist as nicely. The 32-calendar year-aged played most of his occupation in Turkey. He started out with Odurspor in 2008 and moved to Manisaspor in 2011. A 12 months afterwards, he designed his significant switch to Eskisehirspor.
He now plies his trade in the Idonesian league with Persik Kediri.
The figures at the rear of best 10 Ghanaian centre-back again transfers
€45.7 million was put in on the major ten Ghanaian centre-backs by European clubs. Only permanent transfers were being viewed as. All figures ended up picked from transfermarkt.
Salisu requires the largest chunk of the pie. His €12 million move to Southampton means his transfer eats up 26.2% of the gathered charges for the top ten.
Mensah created a €1.2 million switch to Stade Rennais in 2006 and two several years later, produced a then file €8.4 million swap to Lyon. His blended service fees choose 21% of the complete.
Aidoo will come subsequent with an €8 million move to Celta Vigo in 2019 and a €1.25 million move to KRC Genk in 2017. He commanded a merged €9.25 million which can take 20.2% of the full total.
Adams also normally takes a big part of the full amount with his €8 million transfer to Hoffenheim in 2018. His transfer means he will take 17.5% of the accumulated figure put in on the top 10.
Vorsah appeared two times on the list with a €2 million shift to RB Salzburg in 2012 and a €1 million transfer to Hoffenheim in 2008. His €3 million in complete accounts for 6.6%.
Opoku comes up future immediately after securing a €1.5 million transfer to Udinese in 2018. It will make up 3.3% of the total.
Akaminko and Illiasu get the last two spots with €1.35 million and €1 million moves to Eskisehispor and Saturn respectively. They acquire 3% and 2.2% of the totals.
In the graph higher than, it can be observed that England used the greatest (€12 million). The cash goes only into the acquire of Mohammed Salisu.
France funded the moves of John Mensah (€9.6 million), therefore their significant location. Germany put in on Vorsah and Adams (€9 million) and Spain compensated revenue for Aidoo (€8 million).
The bottom five used on Illiasu, Opoku, Akaminko, Vorsah and Aidoo. It can also be mentioned that the base five nations blended (€7.1 million) used reduce than the major 4 nations around the world independently.
It can be deduced that 2020 manufactured the highest expenditure among the the top rated 10 centre-backs and all of it is attributed to Salisu (€12 million).
The 12 months 2018 (€9.5 million) brought the 2nd shelling out with the dollars heading into Aidoo and Opoku’s transfers. For the 3rd spot (€9.4 million), you would have to go back again to 2008 where by John Mensah and Isaac Vorsah manufactured massive moves.
The long term expectations of Salisu
A €12 million outlay on the youngster indicators the club’s intent to use him on a regular foundation. The go would seem to be the correct one as Salisu will acquire excellent encounter in one particular of the greatest leagues in the globe.
With his price surpassing that of John Mensah, a loyal servant and a legend in the Black Stars, there is hope that Salisu could be the next leader of the nation’s backline for future tournaments.
Salisu is nonetheless to make an appearance for the senior nationwide crew but it is only a matter of time until eventually he presents Ghanaians a flavor of his class and excellent.
In the next four or 5 many years, we could be looking at Salisu surpassing Van Dijk’s €84.65 million move to Liverpool in 2018. We could see the 21-12 months-outdated wear the colours of Genuine Madrid, Barcelona, or any of the major clubs in the world.
Salisu will have some force to cope with but if he keeps his head up, he could exceed all expectations.
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