F.C Barcelona have signed Nigeria international, Former Arsenal and Liverpool striker Asisat Oshoala on loan from Chinese Women’s Super League outfit Dalian Quanjian. The Spanish giants have agreed a deal to take the Nigeria international on loan from Chinese Women’s Super League side Dalian Quanjian.

The striker reportedly arrived in Barcelona on Thursday morning for routine medical checks and then signed the deal with the Director responsible for the women section at Camp Nou, Maria Teixidor, and Sports Manager, Markel Zubizarreta, witnessed the brief ceremony. Oshoala was African Footballer of the Year on three occasions (2017, 2016 & 2014) and won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball at the Under-20 World Cup in 2014 and was top goal-scorer in the Chinese Super League in 2017. She’s quick and powerful (1.73 m and 70 kg) and has previous experience in European football at Arsenal (2016) and Liverpool (2015).

The 24-year-old completed her move after passing her medical on Thursday morning, before signing her contract at the Camp Nou. Oshoala, named African Women’s Footballer of the Year thrice will now provide an extra attacking option for Lluis Cortes’ side, who are currently placed second in the Primera Division. Blaugranes are two points behind Atletico Madrid and six points above third-placed Levante. On her Twitter handle, Oshoala expressed her delight at joining the football club on loan from her Chinese club, Dalian Quanjian F.C.

Speaking while signing the contract, Oshoala said, “This is obviously one of the best clubs in the world. The team has a great history and wonderful football mentality,” said Oshoala. “I am excited about playing with Vicky Losada again. She’s a great midfielder, with a lot of energy and skill. I also met Fabiana in China and she helped me to make this decision”. “My goal is to strengthen the team and help them to win and make history. This is a fantastic opportunity because I’m sure something big will happen here.”

She has been handed jersey no. 20 and is in line for her debut when Barcelona host Albacete on Sunday.

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