Nigeria international Anthony Nwakaeme is on the verge of linking up with oil rich Saudi Arabian Pro League team, Al Ittihad, bringing an end to his successful four-year career with Trabzonspor.
The Super Eagles attacker couldn’t settle his contract situation at Trabzonspor, and the Saudi Arabian side took advantage.
The former Hapoel Beer Sheva man demanded for more money, but Trabzonspor refused to yield to his demands.
Nwakaeme played an important role in Trabzonspor’s long-awaited Super Lig triumph scoring 13 goals and assisting 10.
Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Başakşehir, were all connected with a transfer for the one-cap Nigeria international.
Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad stepped in and took the striker. Nwakaeme was offered a two-year deal with an option for a third year at a salary of €4.5m per year by the current joint leaders of the Pro League.
In the Saudi League, Nwakaeme will join Al Hilal’s Super Eagles talisman and former Manchester United loanee, Odion Ighalo, who leads the Saudi league in goals scored with 22 for Al Hilal and Al Shabab combined.