Stade de Reims: the Hugo Ekitike file is in turmoil

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Young nugget of French football, Hugo Ekitike (19), a pure product of the Stade de Reims training center, is about to complete his first professional season in the colors of Champagne. Author of a thunderous start to his career, the Reims striker, already present at Clairefontaine with the France U20 team, therefore logically attracts the greatest desire and the possible destinations are constantly multiplying. Across the Rhine, across the Channel or something else? Foot Transfer market takes stock of a file that could shake up the next summer transfer window.

At only 19 years old and for his first season with the pros, Hugo Ekitike impresses. Author of 10 goals and 4 assists in 25 matches in all competitions since the start of the season, the Reims striker, flocked with the number 22 in the back, should logically not stay very long with his training club. Last winter, the Franco-Cameroonian, was already announced on the departure. “Despite the offers made, Hugo Ekitike and the Stade de Reims have decided by mutual agreement to continue the adventure together”, explained, despite everything, the SDR in a press release published in the last hours of the transfer window. Since then, the weeks have passed, the Rémois has seen his hamstrings whistle but the two months he has remained away from the field have clearly not slowed down the ball of the contenders.

A slender profile with a disconcerting technique, the one who told us that his morphology had never harmed him remains at the heart of covetousness. So if we revealed to you a contact made by Chelsea for the former Vejle striker in Denmark, PSG or AC Milan were also interested in him as indicated recently. The Gazzetta dello Sport. And that’s not all. After the announcement of the departure of Erling Haaland (21), officially transferred to Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund is logically seeking to rebuild its attack. And if Karim Adeyemi (20, ex-Salzburg) was announced on Tuesday, the Marsupials have other targets in mind, including Hugo Ekitike (19).

Hugo Ekitike prefers Dortmund, the others prefer Hugo Ekitike!

In the columns of Suddeutsche ZeitungHans-Joachim Watzke, the boss of the sportsman within the Ruhr club, did not hide all the admiration he had for the nugget from Reims, considered as a “exciting player” and “brave”. However, according to our information, if Ekitike gives his preference to Dortmund, BvB’s priority remains Sébastien Haller, an experienced Ivorian international who has already proven himself at Ajax Amsterdam and in the Champions League (11 goals and 2 assists decisive in 8 matches). Estimated at more than 30 million euros by the Dutch formation, Haller also has the advantage of knowing the Bundesliga very well after his spell at Eintracht Frankfurt from 2017 to 2019. Real revelation of the season in Ligue 1, Hugo Ekitike will, in any case, have a choice when it comes to shaping a future on the football planet since Newcastle and Bayern Munich are also on their heels.

In this context, SPORT indicates, this Friday, that Bayern Munich, which could soon lose Robert Lewandowski (announced on the side of FC Barcelona), would have already positioned itself on the Champagne promise. The Spanish media even specifies that the negotiations could quickly accelerate but in this file, the Bavarian upper echelons will also have to fight with Newcastle. Recently, The Telegraph confirmed, indeed, the interest of the Magpies. Information along the lines of the speech of Amanda Staveley, the general manager of the Toons, during an interview granted to The Athletic.

“We looked at all the players available in Europe, America, everywhere. There were a few young players we wanted to bring in like (Hugo) Ekitike, but he wouldn’t have been a player for today, he would have been an investment for the future.”. Near or distant future, one thing is certain, at present, we can say that no agreement has been reached between Stade de Reims and the various suitors. Therefore, if some European cadors could go on the offensive during the next summer transfer window, many courtiers would not be against the idea of ​​seeing Hugo Ekitike carry out a new season in the jersey of the current twelfth in Ligue 1 before definitely position yourself…

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