No less than five English top-tier clubs have reportedly registered an interest in the 27-year-old Porto forward; Moussa Marega. Manchester United apparently spotted the player last winter, and at that point, the Malian had notched an extraordinary 14 Primeira Liga goals in corresponding starts, also registering two assists.
While United appear to have withdrawn their interest, it has triggered others with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, West Ham and most recently Chelsea, as revealed by ZeroZero, have joined the chase.
Marega finished the campaign as the third top scorer in Portugal. His impressive haul of 22 was only bettered by Jonas (34) and Bas Dost (27), but it was the African’s goals which really mattered helping Porto to the league.
A late bloomer, Marega didn’t quite cut it in Europe until 21. Amateur side, Évry FC, handed him his first football breakthrough. Successive moves in two years to Le Poire-sur-Vie and Amiens capitulated his career back to Africa. Marega found himself at Tunisian side Esperance but was ultimately rescued, going back to Europe by Marítimo.
In 2016, he was snapped up by Porto but spent the entire campaign on loan at Victoria. The Malian international returned to his parent club with a bang – stealing the spotlight from Vincent Aboubakar despite slotting on the flanks.
At 27, Marega doesn’t have the luxury of time, hence would find the Premier League too good to resist. The Malian, himself, admitted to SFR Sport that he might fancy a switch to England. “For me, I think it’s the best time to try my luck elsewhere, to try something new, get to know a new league. The Premier League for example.”
“I’ve liked [the Premier League] for a long time. Then again, who doesn’t? It’s a great league, with great players.
“It’s flattering when clubs are interested in you, but I’ve always dreamed of playing there. I want to be happy, with my family, in a league I love.”
With these clubs in the market for a prolific goal poacher, Marega may just be their man. He posses the requisite physique, pace and skills to trouble defenders. His ability to slot anywhere in attack is another bonus for potential buyers.
But before the 27-year-old can move, interested suitors must cough a reported buyout clause of £38m. That won’t be too much for these sides considering the financial might of the Premier League.