Watford, CSKA Moscow among clubs in the mix for Chelsea's top-scoring loanee UgboPublished: April 28, 2021
Allnigeriasoccer.com understands that Super Eagles hopeful Ike Ugbo could end a fourteen-year association with Chelsea in the summer transfer window, with several clubs in England and abroad interested in his services.
Prolific for the Blues at youth level, Ugbo has proved that he has come of age this season, scoring an impressive 16 goals in 32 appearances for Cercle Brugge in the Belgian First Division A, making him Chelsea's top-scoring loanee in 2020-2021.
Newly promoted Watford have started talks about getting him on board but face stiff competition for his services, with Fulham, Monaco and Racing Genk also in the mix for the 22-year-old.
Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow have tested the waters over the signing of Ugbo but the former England U17 international has not yet accepted their offer.
Having inserted an option to buy into the deal taking him to Cercle Brugge, it is correct to say that the Belgian side hold the right of first refusal when it comes to signing the striker.
If the option to buy is activated, it could give Monaco the advantage over other interested clubs in the race for his signature as Cercle Brugge are owned by the Ligue 1 club.
Regarding Ugbo's proposed switch from England to Nigeria, the process is being delayed by the Nigeria Football Federation despite the fact that the striker has a Nigerian passport.
The Chelsea loanee has not been directly contacted by manager Gernot Rohr about playing for the Super Eagles.
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