Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo completed the move to Chinese Super League side, Changchun Yatai from Premier League outfit, Watford FC for a fee of £20 million (€23.3m).
#watfordfc confirms the sale of Odion Ighalo to Changchun Yatai.
Thanks for the memories, Odion!
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) January 31, 2017
The transfer fee is the most paid for the move of any Nigerian player. The former record stood for eleven years and it was paid to Lyn Oslo for the services of John Obi Mikel. €20m was paid by Chelsea to the Norwegian club with part of it going to Manchester United as compensation.
Premier League champions, Leicester City splashed the cash to make up for the third and fourth most expensive Nigerians when they signed Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi for €19.5 million and €17.6 million respectively in 2016.
Top 20 most expensive Nigerian players of all-time:
1.Odion Ighalo – Watford to Changchun Yatai- €23.3m
2.Obi Mikel – Lyn Oslo to Chelsea – €20m
3.Ahmed Musa – CSKA to Leicester – €19.5m
4.Wilfred Ndidi – Genk to Leicester – €17.6m
5.Yakubu Aiyegbeni – Middlesbrough to Everton – €16.5m
6.Obafemi Martins – Inter to Newcastle – €16m
7.Isaac Success – Granada to Watford – €15m
8.Emmanuel Emenike – Spartak to Fenerbahce – €13m
9.Brown Ideye – Dynamo Kiev to WBA – €12.63m
10.Austin Okocha – Fenerbahce to PSG – €12.4
11.Taribo West – Auxerre to Inter – €12m
12.Victor Moses – Wigan to Chelsea – €11.5m
13.Anthony Ujah – Werder to Liaoning FC – €11.5m
14.Obafemi Martins – Newcastle to Wolfsburg – €10.5m
15.Sunday Oliseh – Ajax to Juventus – €10m
.John Utaka – Rennes to Portsmouth – €10m
.Peter Odemwingie- Lille to Lok Moscow – €10m
.Finidi George – Ajax to Real Betis – €10m
.Emmanuel Emenike – Fenerbahce to Spartak – €10m
20.Yakubu Aiyegbeni – Portsmouth to Boro – €9.75m