Pordenone beat Reggina to the signing of Nigeria-eligible midfielder

The Black and Greens have won the race to one of the two players of Nigerian descent owned by Napoli

Nigerian-Italian midfielder Michael Folorunsho will join Pordenone on a year-long loan ahead of the 2021/22 season after the Black and Greens convinced Napoli that they offer the best destination for the 23-year-old.

According to a Sky Sports report via Tutto Napoli, the Nigeria-eligible star will sign the papers confirming his transfer to Pordenone on Monday.

Folorunsho had been involved in preseason training with Napoli under the watchful eyes of manager Luciano Spalletti, hoping to impress the former AS Roma gaffer.

While Spalletti is a big fan of Folorunsho, the Napoli boss has decided a year away from Naples to where he is assured of regular playing time, would benefit the youngster.

Folorunsho would have preferred a return to Reggina, where he was excellent in the Serie B last term, but Napoli have decided otherwise to the dismay of Gil Amaranto.

Reggina’s Sporting Director Massimo Taibi said, as per TuttoMercatoWeb: “Folorunsho at Pordenone? We were doing some evaluations, and I have no doubt that, if it had been up to the boy in Serie B, the choice would have fallen on Reggio Calabria.

“Napoli, the owner of the player’s contract, has opted for a different solution, and Reggina has no choice but to acknowledge, with deep respect, the decision taken by the Neapolitan club.”

While Reggina rue their loss, Pordenone are delighted with the capture of the talented midfielder, as noted by the club’s Sporting Director Emanuele Berrettoni.

“There is no news yet on Folorunsho, but we are very close; the negotiation is based on a straight loan,” Berrettoni said as per Radio Kiss Kiss via Spazio Napoli.

“Napoli strongly believes in the boy, as it should be. We are optimistic about the player and the closing of the operation.”

Benevento were reportedly among the clubs interested in taking up Folorunsho’s loan option before Pordenone secured his signing.

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