Celta Vigo Close In On Signing Joel Obi From Torino Despite Late Push By Parma

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Super Eagles World Cup 2018 squad member Joel Obi is edging closer to a move to Spanish LaLiga side Celta Vigo as talks have progressed nicely the past few days, Owngoalnigeria.com understands.

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Obi is deemed surplus to requirements at Torino by new coach Walter Mazzari despite playing 22 league games last season and also finding the back of the net five times from his deep lying midfield role.

Fellow Serie A side Parma stepped up their pursuit of the 27 year old but Celta who have long signify their intention to add the Nigerian to their squad held productive meeting with Torino over his transfer.

Celta Vigo intensified their push to sign the former Inter-Milan midfielder as they are warming up for the potential exit of their Slovakian midfielder Stanislav Lobotka, who is close to agreeing a move to Napoli.

On his part, Joel Obi is keen on a new adventure in a different environment after spending the entirety of his career so far in Italy, where he has turned out for Inter-Milan, Parma, and Torino, where he has been the past three seasons.

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