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Ex-Flying Eagle Ikwuemesi joins Serie A club Salernitana

FORMER Flying Eagles forward Chukwubuikem Ikwuemesi has signed for Serie A club Salernitana from NK Celje of Slovenia.

The deal for the 22-year-old striker cost Salernitana €1.8m, with the Nigerian penning a long-term contract.

“US Salernitana 1919 communicates that it has reached an agreement with NK Celje for the definitive transfer of the striker born in 2001 Chukwubuikem Ikwuemesi,” the Italian club announced today.

“The footballer is linked to the club until 2027 with an option and will wear the number 22 shirt.”

Ikwuemesi, who has already scored two goals in five games for NK Celje this season before his switch, promised to adapt to the Italian top flight, which is a big step-up from the Slovenian first division.

“The team’s goal is to win games and win trophies, and I’m here to give my best,” the former Nigeria youth international said in the video of his unveiling.

“I believe I can improve and help the team. I’m glad I’m here.”

Overall, Ikwuemesi made 37 appearances and registered 11 goals and five assists for NK Celje, who he joined for an undisclosed fee in July last year from another Slovenian club NK Krsko.

Nigeria centre-back and Super Eagles vice-captain William Troost-Ekong spent last season on loan at Salernitana from Watford.

Ikwuemesi will be joining Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Atalanta’s Ademola Lookman and Udinese’s Success Isaac as Nigerian representatives in Serie A.

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