Nigeria’s Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, is now a permanent Barcelona player after the Spanish giants decided to exercise the option of signing her permanently from Chinese side, Dalian Quanjian.
The 24-year-old former Arsenal striker joined Barcelona through a 6-month loan deal in January after the 2019 Chinese Women’s Super League was postponed. However, she was able to prove her worth during the short loan period, scoring eight goals in 11 matches in all competitions for the Catalan side including a strike in their Champions League final defeat against Lyon.
Those performances, impressive in the estimation of fans and board members, motivated the club into handing her a two-year contract for the Llius Cortes-coached who had a fairytale run to the Uefa Women’s Champions League final in Budapest.
“Asisat Oshoala and FC Barcelona are to sign a new contract that ties the player to the Catalan club until 30 June 2022, following the agreement for the Nigerian international to be transferred to the club from Chinese side Dalian Quanjian,” the club announced on their website.
“The 24-year-old striker came to Barça last January 31 on what was originally a loan move. In her four months here, Oshoala has played in eleven competitive fixtures and returned eight goals, including what will always be the team’s first ever goal in a Champions League Final, although it wasn’t enough to bring the trophy back from Budapest.
“Voted African Women’s Footballer of the Year three times, she is currently away with her national team preparing for the World Cup in France, where the Super Falcons share a tough group with the host nation, Norway and South Korea.
“For that reason, she is unable to put pen to paper right now, but will be doing so as soon as her schedule permits,” the statement added of Oshoala, who is with Nigeria’s senior women side preparing for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
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