16 year old Nigerian forward Suleiman Abdullahi who is a reportedly a target for Spanish giants Real Madrid is presently in Italy getting set for pre season training with Serie B side, Owngoalnigeria.com understands.
Football Academy Abuja, Abdullahi caught the interest of Real Madrid during the recently concluded Mladen Ramljak tournament in Croatia where he emerged as top scorer with nine goals including a goal in their 3-1 win over Real Madrid in the final.
Real Madrid made inquiries over his availability but AS Roma who have long have an interest in the 16 year old appears to have won the race for his signature with the player set to join Serie B side Spezia on a deal that could see him join Roma after a season with the Primavera side of the Serie B side.
Abdullahi’s deal with Spezia is similar to the one that took Sadiq Umar and Nura Abdullahi to Roma after a season with the Primavera side of Spezia a sign of the strength of Roma’s strong relationship with the Serie B side.
Three Nigerians will take part in Spezia’s pre season training with Tahir Maigini and David Okereke also lined up for pre season training.